28 September - 30 September 2016

Churchill College, Cambridge, UK

Influencing techniques of a scrum master: how to build a team without power

Anna Obukhova Luxoft UK

Session type: Tutorial
Session duration: 60 minutes

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About this Tutorial

What is a scrum master? A powerless leader, facilitator, coach or a process guru? A mentor or a helper? All of these are perfectly valid, but they don't give a clear understanding of this role. The question 'How can I be a leader without a title to get results from the team?' is very common.

Scrum masters don't have a carrot or a stick, no role blueprint that allows them to give orders. They have only their own influence as people. There are definite influencing approaches and techniques scrum masters can use to create or modify the team and its results.

In this session I will identify the influential actions of a leader and give examples to illustrate techniques and exercises to use in everyday work.

There are lots of things that contribute to how we influence people. Scrum masters need to be good at this to be successful and I'll talk through the techniques to help you do this. This isn't about manipulation - it's about influencing, and the better you are at it the more successful you and your team will be.

About the Speaker

Anna Obukhova is a global agile portfolio delivery manager for a large investment bank in London. She’s worked with agile methodologies since 2004 as a scrum master, project/programme/portfolio manager and agile coach. She is mainly interested in distributed and dispersed projects and the effectiveness of team communication in such conditions.

Her passion is to collect and share the best industry and company practices in agile management. She helps agile teams and programmers improve their processes and transition from waterfall to agile in corporate environments. She uses her education in biology to connect working tips and recommendations with the natural processes that happen in our bodies (especially in the brain). She believes it can explain a lot and she’s very excited about how naturally agile works.


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