Stephanie Ockerman

Stephanie Ockerman

Stephanie is a Scrum.org certified Professional Scrum Trainer (PST), Scrum Master, and Coach. She has been a Steward of the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) Curriculum since 2016, helping to improve and evolve the course while maintaining the integrity of Ken Schwaber’s vision. She started her agile training and coaching business Agile Socks LLC to empower and enable teams and organizations to confidently navigate complexity and uncertainty in order to deliver greater value and thrive in a constantly changing world.

Stephanie believes that with alignment, focus, and smart execution, we can do amazing things together. She combines training and coaching to help people level-up their skills and amplify their impact. You can read Stephanie’s musings on Scrum and agility, as well as enroll in her online courses and training classes at AgileSocks.com.

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A paradox is something that is seemingly absurd but really true. When I experience complexity and uncertainty, I find comfort and power in paradox. It opens up creativity, possibility, and collaboration. Let’s take a look at 4 paradoxes we need to navigate in the agile world and beyond.

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The Sprint is one of the five Scrum events. In my Professional Scrum Courses, this is the event that people often forget about because it is a container event, not necessarily something you distinctly schedule on the calendar.
This container holds the space for all of the work to create the shippable Increment of product, and it is limited to one month or less in duration (i.e. time-box). This container starts with Sprint Planning and ends with the Sprint Retrospective. Then the next Sprint immediately starts.

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When I teach Professional Scrum courses and leadership workshops for women, the topic of how to influence people always comes up. Through experiential learning, people begin to see that the old way of doing things doesn’t work and that we need a new approach based on embracing change and incremental learning.

About Best Agile Articles Project

Best Agile Articles is a collaborative project of the Agile community to bring you the best of the best publications each year. Our goal in publishing these yearly editions is to cull through the many articles that are published each year and provide you with a curated set of high-quality articles that capture the latest knowledge and experience of the agile community in one compact volume.
Our purpose is twofold. First, we understand that it’s hard to figure out where to go when looking for ideas and answers. There are thousands of blogs, videos, books and other resources available at the click of a mouse. But that can be a lot to sort through. So, we thought we could be of some help. Second, we wanted to bring some visibility to many people who are doing outstanding work in this field and are providing helpful resources. We hope that this publication will help them connect to you, the ones they are writing for.
Our intention is that this publication is to be by the agile community as a service to the agile community and for the agile community. With that in mind, we pulled together a great group of volunteers to help get this work into your hands.

The articles in this volume were selected by:
• A diverse Volunteer Committee of sixteen people with expertise in a variety of areas related to agile.
• The agile community. A call for article nominations went out in early 2020 and several dozen 2019 articles were nominated by the community.

The articles themselves cover a wide variety of topics including organizational structure, culture, and agile leadership. There is something for almost everyone here. All editions of the Best Agile Articles publication are available on Amazon and free to download on the Best Agile Article site.
We are thankful for the great participation by the agile community at large. If you would like to participate in delivering this publication in future years, we would welcome hearing from you.

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