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What if we treated our developers like we treat our customers?

June 9, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
This is to people buying Agile training &/or coaching
 
A key aspect of Agile is respecting people. Yet, this is often lost when we get to Agile transitions-particularly Scrum. This is not a knock on Scrum, but rather how it is commonly trained & adopted. We often hear devs say:
  •  daily standups are a waste of time
  •  we're not getting any value out of our retrospections
  •  why do we have to <fill in the blank>?
 

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Learning About Complexity From Bird Feeding

June 8, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I'm an avid bird feeder. I have 17 feeders, 2 bird baths & use 10 diff kinds of food. I get finches, sparrows, ducks, doves, cow birds, humming birds, Orioles & more. Every wk I learn something new & make some minor adjustment to my setup. There's no best arrangement of this eco-system I’ve created & I manage to continually improve it.
 
Eco-systems are complex, but there are several things within them that are simple:
  • Birds poop anywhere & it falls
  • Diff kinds of birds prefer diff foods

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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

June 8, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Trust that people are doing their best
 
Recognize that changing how someone "be's" is a lot harder than changing what someone does. 
 
Agile best starts by doing.
 
Take advantage that devs want to produce good results
 
Provide them with some principles they can relate to from their past experience
  • Small batches are good
  • Focus on finishing is important
  • Clarity of requirements is needed
  • Focus on value delivered not rules to follow
 

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A Vicious Cycle I See

June 8, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Start Agile with Scrum training
 
Tell the dev team it’s just a framework so they need to fill it in
 
The assumption that people can figure it out belies the fact that they haven’t
 
Since devs are already overworked, Scrum appears to be overhead
 
CSMs tell them “Scrum is simple, just use it as is”
 

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Scrum Masters Should Focus on the Work, not the Framework

June 7, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I am a great believer of “on-the-job-training.” The idea is not to learn something & then see how to apply it, but to find a challenge & see how to solve it. While the “beingness” of a Scrum Master is critical, to be candid, it takes too long for most companies to invest in. Some basics of coaching are invaluable. But knowing the “why and what” of Scrum is more practical.
 

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