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Why You Should be Directly Taught What Scrum Tries to Force You To Do

May 20, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
As I write more & more I am getting a deeper understanding of why there are so many challenges that teams are having adopting Scrum. It's not so much Scrum itself as the way it is taught.
 
The purpose of adopting Scrum is not to adopt Scrum in & of itself. It is to make a team &its organization more effective. The best way to do this is to learn how to do Agile & then use the Scrum framework to support these practices. This the opposite of learning the Scrum framework first & leaving teams to figure out how to do Agile.
 

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Using Learning How to Drive as an Example of How to Learn Agile

May 18, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Let's imagine you didn't know how to drive a car and had a limited budget. Let's say you were presented with the following choice.
OPTION 1
  1. spend 2 days in a class where the instructor talks about the instrumentation & controls of the most popular car made 
  2. you play in a driving simulator for a few hours
  3. it is explained to you that you have just been given a framework on how to drive, that more is needed but you will be able to figure out the details of the rest on your own (& the immutable rule is don't hit anyone)

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Why Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) Is So Important

May 17, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

The challenges I most frequently hear at team-level Agile are

  1. team members don't collaborate
  2. small stories can't be written
  3. requirements are unclear
  4. technical debt is high

Some symptoms of this are sprints spill over to the next &teams use mini-waterfalls in the sprint.

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Why There Is No One Size Fits All Framework But There Are One Size Fits All Technical Practices

May 17, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Most of my recent posts have been about first teaching the actual way of doing Agile (e.g., ATDD) with only a little about the frameworks. My claim is how to follow the framework will then be easier. The reason for this is in the nature of the generalization of frameworks vs the generalization of good techincal practices.

Frameworks address particular challenges. But the workflow to be used depends upon several factors:

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The high cost of certification

May 15, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Certification is a good thing when we certify one's abilities. No one would want to have heart surgery unless the surgeon had been certified. But when there is not an accepted way of doing things, certification often has hidden costs, especially when it is self-certification (eg, Scrum, LKU Kanban & SAFe): I distinquish this from bodies that certify others (e.g., ICAgile because they select the best they can find which increases innovation).

Costs include:

1) A lack of innovation in both content & delivery of introductory classes

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