Category Continuous Improvement


I’m new here … Slide Deck

This series of blog posts was inspired by a talk I recently gave. Upon request I thought it sensible to finish the series off with the slide deck. All the detail behind this is available in the five part blog post detailed below. Alternatively get in contact if you would like me to give the talk at […]


I’m new here … Part 4 – Support

This series has now covered what we can do before you hire, once hired, and how to use existing processes to our advantage. This article will cover how we can support a new starter throughout.  Moving job and team can be a very stressful time in life, and it is our job as managers or scrum masters […]


I’m new here … Part 3 – Agile

Part 1 covered what you can do during the hiring process, and part 2 covered once you have hired someone but before they have started. This post does not cover a specific part of the new starter timeline, but instead looks at how you can use your existing processes to your advantage. Most teams have […]


I’m new here … Part 2 – Hired

Part 1 of this series covered what you can do while hiring to help ensure that the successful candidate is a good cultural fit, and relationships have already been started. Now that you have hired the perfect person, there are a number of things you can do before their first day. Some of these will […]


I’m new here … Part 1 – Hiring

This is the first in a series of posts covering what you as a Scrum Master, team member or Manager can do for your next new starter. The aim of these tips are to reduce the stress and uncertainty of the person joining, and make them a productive part of your culture quickly. In order […]


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 […]

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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 […]