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Let’s Check our Beliefs

May 10, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I am very wary of deep rooted beliefs – especially those that are self-serving. Upton Sinclair made an astute observation when he noted: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon him not understanding it!” An unexplored belief is an assumption that becomes both reality and then dogma.

We must recognize that to survive we have to live with a set of beliefs that we cannot always be examining. But we must regularly reflect on them. Here are some beliefs I believe we need to challenge:

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Prior to 2011 "difficult to master" was not in the Scrum guide

May 10, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

What changed?

In '00-05 I taught both Scrum & XP. More Scrum, because it was easy to teach and adopt, while most people didn’t want to do XP’s mandated technical practices.

Around ‘04 Scrum shifted from the individual development teams it was designed for to development groups, with multiple teams having to collaborate. This requires good management and a focus on overall optimization-not the team optimization Scrum strives for.

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Time for a new way to learn Scrum

May 10, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

The purpose of Scrum is not to do Scrum. It's to do effective Agile software development.

In the same way, the purpose of riding a bike is not to ride a bike. It's to have fun, to get someplace, to improve one's health. But it's not riding a bike just to ride-it's what it does for us.

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My Beliefs About Scrum

May 10, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I have been teaching and coaching Scrum for almost 20 years. As I use it more and more I have found more and more I disagree with some of its fundamental tenets. We (Net Objectives) continue to use Scrum because I believe it is a good base from which people can learn more effective methods and because many people in the industry are aware of it. Furthermore, many who have tried Scrum and are struggling with it, or more accurately, are doing Scrum-but (“we do Scrum, but we don’t do …”) can be helped with the work we do.

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