Interview: PSM training

  1. Hi Jan, how are you today? I know that you are passionate about Agile. What got you so interested in it?

    Hello Andy, I’m fine. Glad to have a chance to talk about this topic. Agile was something I first learned passively, without even knowing, while working in production here at RWS Group. I wasn’t aware of it back then, but we were using several Agile principles to our benefit. It was only after I briefly switched jobs and witnessed what a non-Agile company looks like that I realized Agile is the way to go for a modern company.
  2. How do you develop your skills regarding Agile and Scrum?

    Primarily from our sensei, Robert Chudy. Other sources include conferences, trainings, books and articles online.

  3. The reason I am asking is that I know you attended a Professional Scrum Master Training. Can you tell me more about it? What was your reason to go?

    I must confess that before returning to RWS Group, I wasn’t planning on becoming a Scrum Master. But when the opportunity arose, it was an easy choice. For me, this position combines skills from my previous position as a project manager and soft skills, both of which I wanted to use more.
    But that was just the beginning; there was much more to learn. I started with theory, continued with mentoring from Robert and wanted to attend a training directly from one of the leading scrum organizations. That got me to Budapest, which was the closest location with a certified trainer.

  4. What was the best thing you took away from the training?

    The whole training was a great experience. From thoroughly explained theory to practical exercises, I have to give a shout-out to our trainer, Simon Reindl, who delivered this amazing training. If I really had to choose one thing, it would be the close examination of each Scrum team member’s role.

  5. Was there something special about this training?

    From my point of view, I enjoyed the swift pace of the whole training. Even though we covered lot of material, it never got boring or exhausting.

  6. Did you have a moment of “I definitely have to start doing this!” And if yes, what was it?

    I think I’ve picked up several good tips from the training. I’d like to apply little tweaks here and there to our current state and benefit from them. One of them is to work more on our Definition of Done, which was discussed in detail at the training.

  7. Did you have a moment of “I definitely have to stop doing this!” And if yes, what was it?

    A big realization came from a simple phrase: “Reveal, don’t resolve.” In my
    previous setting, I was used to resolving all issues I came across. When you stop doing this, and instead coach the team to deal with such issues, the “lesson learned” value is much higher.

  8. How do you plan to use the skills you learned?

    I’d like to apply them to our current framework and focus on improvement within the team. Also, to execute the full scope of responsibilities of the Scrum Master role.

  9. Anything else you would like to share with us?

    I hope you and Juan enjoyed the training as much as I did.