Recently one of my Scrum Masters came to me with a question. He said, “We have been going crazy building things since we switched to Scrum a few months ago. We have made some major changes to our system architecture and design, but we haven’t documented them. That is starting to scare me. What should […]Read more "Documentation Debt in Scrum"
My teams are great. I’m not on them…I own them. At least as far as an executive ‘owns’ his teams. In an Agile world, when we say ‘own’ we kind of mean ‘is responsible for the success of ‘ or some such thing. What I’m trying to say is, don’t take umbrage at the words […]Read more "Be Careful What You Test For"
When I teach Scrum, I start with the idealized version of it. For all of Scrum’s famous (at least to me) simplicity, it can be quite difficult and time-consuming to explore all of the nuances and possibilities and corner cases. Over the past couple of years, I’ve begun to refer to this idealized version of […]Read more "Disneyland Scrum vs. Industrial Scrum"
Are you sick of hearing the same old Agile blah blah blah and Scrum this Scrum that? Do you get tired head when you think about the PMI pretending to be Agile? Are you filled with dismay because you have to explain what a self-organizing team is to yet another dinosaur manager? Have you lost […]Read more "Shanghai Scrum Gathering 2011 Delivers"
(My First Sprint as a Scrum Master – What do I do now?) We just waved good-bye to our coach after spending two days with her. The first day was all classroom training on Scrum for the team. The second day was practical application. We actually planned out our first sprint! She coached us, but […]Read more "I’m a New Scrum Master!"
I have a degree in behavioral psychology. It’s not the only degree I have, but I do have it. To the best of my knowledge, the only time I actually used it was to cover up a really bad stain on the wall of a rental apartment I once had in Louisville, KY. But you […]Read more "Superstitious Behavior"
I have this problem with commitment, and it’s not because I’m a guy. You may or may not know that Scrum comes complete with a set of values by which we are supposed to guide our daily professional lives, or at least our life within the team. Of the five values, Commitment might just be […]Read more "The Mystery of Commitment"