Author Archives: martynfrank87

Scrum Buddies – My experience

During my first week at NewVoiceMedia I attended an Agile community of interest gathering. Fondly known as the Scrum Master ‘Stand up and Hoe Down’. During which one of our Agile coaches Helen introduced me to the concept of Scrum buddies. The idea is that we pair up as Scrum Masters, and attempt to keep […]

Being Effective And Liked

I recently wrote a book as part of a hackathon. It was aimed at Scrum Masters.Within the book I wrote a chapter on the difficulty of being effective and liked at the same time. I would like to share that chapter with you. If you like it you can get the full book (with even better […]

How a Hackathon ended in co-authoring a book

As I wrote about recently, I have moved to NewVoiceMedia as a Scrum Master. I made this move just in time for one of their three Hackathons each year. During the 2 day event employees are given the freedom to work on whatever sparks their interest. The only caveat is it must be in some way […]

The difference a Journal makes

When I started my new role as a Scrum Master it was suggested that I journal. The aim of which was to observe how the team works and what the team could improve. This is how it started for me, but it has morphed into something different (but no less valuable). I now run a […]

My Difficult Choice

Honestly, I had no idea how I would pick between two professions I love!

What makes a great Sprint Review

As this is my first post on Agile Scrum, I want to start by saying how much I believe in the methodology and think it can help a team thrive. Within the Scrum cycle you have Sprints (normally 2 – 4 weeks), and at the end of each there is a Sprint Review. This review allows the […]

Octopus Deploy – A Culture Change

A couple of proactive team members recently set us on the journey of setting up automated deployment of our ASP.Net application through Octopus deploy. The change of attitude and approach to deployment from begin to end has been dramatic. “Octopus Deploy is a friendly deployment automation system for .NET developers” This sums up the tool nicely, allowing […]