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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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Focus on Finishing Stories in the sprint & MBIs in the Program Increment

May 26, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
At the end of a sprint it is common to have a burn down graph that looks like a hockey stick. This signifies that most stories are completed near the end of the sprint. An equivalent thing happens in many PIs-nothing releasable until the end of the PI.
 

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Why Differences Matter

May 26, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Consider talking to a 5 yr old about tools. Perhaps you start with a claw hammer. You tell her how she can drive nails in boards with it. Then she sees a screw & says “that’s a funny looking nail, can you drive screws in with a hammer?” You say “no, for that you need a screwdriver.”

In reality, one can drive a nail with a screwdriver & even screw in a screw with the claw of the hammer. But clearly one is better for different uses. Tools have different intention that are readily apparent in the physical world.

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Create Clarity on What Represents Value for the Business and Its Customers

May 25, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
What are you investing in?
 
Achieving alignment around business agility requires clarity about the strategy and initiatives of the business. In order to be able to make decisions about which ones of these are important, it must also be clear what the business is wanting to invest in. These will often be fairly unique to a business and will help people in the business decide which MBIs of the company’s initiatives are most important. 
 
For example, a financial company might focus on:

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