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Over the year, I’ve been asked a variety of questions from people over Twitter, LinkedIn, and e-mail and I wanted to give you a rundown of some of them in this blog post. I love hearing from you and being able to help you so feel free to reach out to me if you’ve got any questions!

  1. Question 1: I am a newly qualified Scrum Master. I listened to your webinar and I’m struggling to develop and perform in my role. What advice can you give me?
    1. Well done for getting qualified! I’d definitely look at understanding the requirements of your role and what your team needs from you as a Scrum Master. As you will have seen in my webinar; there are a few ‘stages’ that you go through when transitioning to become a Scrum Master and I’d look at what stage you’re at and what you can do to develop and move forward
  2.  Question 2: I’m working as a remote Project Manager with distributed teams across the globe. I’m having some problems dealing with some obvious culture conflicts and how to get over them. Can you give me some advice?
    1. The first thing to do is to understand your culture and the cultures that you’re working with and then develop and try to develop some common ground. It’s always good to have some ‘ground rules’ but also to ensure that you’re developing your ‘chameleon’ tendencies and adapting when you’re talking to your team so that you can make sure that you both understand what’s required and what the expectations are. The biggest thing about working remotely is to ensure that you’re all aligned and any miscommunication is kept as minimal as possible.
  3. Question 3: I think that I’m a good Project Manager but I’m working in a hopeless organisation. My boss is not supportive of my work or endeavours and the organisation is hostile to any sort of positive change. What can I do?
    1. This is a hard situation to be in. One thing that I’ve tried to do is to make those positive changes in the sphere of my direct influence. I would try to foster the spirit and changes within my team and the areas of my responsibility. I would also be an ‘advocate of change’ for the changes that I’d like to make to promote them within the organisation so that when they see the positive things that can happen, they can be adopted through the organisation
  4. Question 4: I’m currently failing with my work/life balance as I’m working across multiple time zones. Do you have any tips to readdress this balance?
    1. There are a few simple things that you can do to restore your work/life balance. Here are a few tips:
      1. Remember to take your holiday! You need to have that time to recharge your batteries
      2. Turn your phone off when you’re not working. This also includes not having your phone at the dinner table/in the car
      3. Encourage a healthy balance within your team. When there is no immediate deadline, work the time that you need to do
      4. Become more effective in what you’re doing. Look at what you need to be achieving and seeing if there’s a better way to do it
      5. De-stress! Take up running, go for a cycle or just have a nice walk outdoors. Being active is a great way to de-stress and you can always use this to have time with your family
  5. Question 5: I work from home a lot but I’m struggling to be productive. I’m finding that I’m not getting as much work done as I used to. My setup is good, but it’s just personal motivation. What can I  do to get back on track?
    1. Sometimes you need to be a location with others to feel motivated and get work done so it may be time to go back to the office for a few months and see if this helps with your motivation levels at home. You can also look into an assessment of your working conditions. Have you got any ‘distractions’ that you can eliminate? You could always try setting an alarm for a set item of work and then leave it and try something else?
  6. Question 6: I’ve been a Scrum Master for over 2 years now and have had many successful projects but I always get the feedback in the retrospectives that the team feels that I’m not committed to their project. I am but they don’t see it. Any ideas?
    1. The first thing that I would do is look at why they feel like this? Is there anything, in particular, you’re doing or not doing? Have you created a team manifesto together? Would it be an idea to go through together as a team and see if it needs to be developed?
    2. Are you enabling your team to be a success? or are you seen as more of a ‘monitor of tasks’?

Have you got a question that you’d like answered? or would you like some advice? Feel free to reach out to me via E-mail!

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