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Complexity Does Not Mean We Don't Know What To Try

May 30, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Software development is complex. This means that we can't just make a plan & expect it to work. Knowing this shifts how leaders/managers need to behave. Their job becomes more about creating vision & alignment & providing the right environment for the people doing the work. 
 

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20 yrs ago using Scrum to identify problems & let the team figure out how to solve them made sense. It doesn't today.

May 30, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Some people have alluded that the reason for so much bad Scrum these days is that Scrum has crossed the chasm & now mostly mid to late adopters are adopting it. But I disagree. Besides it being a self-serving explanation for why Scrum adoption is not as good as it should be, it isn't true. I've been using, teaching & coaching Scrum for almost 20 years. I find that those picking up Scrum now to be just as smart &committed as those I worked with in 2000.
 
I think the reason for bad Scrum now is that:

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Why So Much Training Bounces off of People

May 29, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
People learn best by doing.
They also often don't like to admit they need the training - so expect some resistance. And even if they admit they need it, their time is valuable. So make it engaging.
 
People don't like theory, they like to know what to do. So even good things like INVEST and SMART stories often bounce off. Those are concepts, not the actual doing. Writing stories that don't originate from the team's backlog are also abstract. 

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Scrum is simple, it should not be hard to adopt

May 29, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I've been doing/teaching Scrum for 19 years & I've seen a lot of teams doing it badly. The cause of this is not with Scrum. The reasons for bad Scrum are:
  1.  there is often a focus on SM certification instead of getting teams trained on what they really need
  2.  so devs aren't provided with the skills they need (the training focus on Scrum, even when for the team, means required skills are not usually taught)
  3.  Scrum exposes challenges, but because it leaves it up to the team to figure out how to fix them Scrum often feels like a burden to the team

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