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If We Argue for Our Limitations We Will Get Them

March 21, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

If we argue for our limitations we will certainly get them. While mastery may be difficult, competency should not be. Yet we seem to accept the difficulty of achieving competency without asking if the way we are approaching the problem is causing this.

People need specific solutions to their problems. A general framework will only work if people are also give then specifics of what they need. Providing certification with the label “mastery” in it and admitting you won’t get to mastery from it is an odd kind of honesty.

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Why Certification may be causing Things to Be Difficult To Master

March 21, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I believe Scrum being "easy to understand but difficult to master" (from the Scrum guide) & Scrum.org/inc/alliance's focus on certification are related. I also assert (have evidence) it doesn't have to be difficult to master. I suggest that there is a causality between certification & the difficulty to master Scrum.

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A Big Difference Between Scrum and Lean

March 21, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

This was a response to a comment in my earlier post (scroll down to see) but thought it worth it's own linkedin post. The comment was perhaps we need better people. The reality, we do if "better" means more skilled. The need for devs continues to outstrip supply. Anyway, my response:

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Q&A on Scrum as a Framework

March 20, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Q: Do you have to teach Scrum as just a framework?

A: No, of course not.

Q: Then why is it taught that way by certified trainers?

A: I suspect because CSTs need to be consistent in the training of Scrum in order to help people pass the test.

Q: I mean, wouldn't it be better if Scrum were taught within our context? Scrum trainers are more experienced than me, right? Why don't they share the knowledge?

A: Well, yeah, but most will say that you have to start with something simple and therefore just teach the framework and simple practices

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How to use "Given When Then (GWT) " w/ "As a <type of user>, I want <some goal> so that <some reason>"

March 19, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

"As a ..." is a good place to start. It provides the "what" & "for who." But the ubiquitous difficulties of writing small stories is not coincidental. "As a..." lacks a definition a clear definition of done (it's somewhat ambiguous). It also doesn't move you closer to automated testing (another ubiquitous challenge).

Although a lot of teams think they need to improve code quality with TDD, the reality is that starting with acceptance criteria can reduce bugs by up to 95%. It also is the first mantra of design patterns (design to behavior).

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