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Why You Should Grow Your Own Scrum Masters Instead of Bringing in Outside Coaches

July 11, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
If you are kicking off new teams there are two types of coaches you can bring in. While it's useful to bring in someone who can actually help with the work, such as a technical or ATDD coach, when it comes to Scrum or Agile coaches it's usually better to grow your own.There are several reasons for this:
 
  • investing in your people pays off big dividends in many ways - morale, demonstration of a commitment to them, and a guarenteed return
  • it is harder to learn your own environment and product that it is to learn the essential understandings of Scrum

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Lean Thinking on Frameworks Vs the Work in Them

July 11, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
One of the central tenets of Lean is that the system people are in impacts them significantly. This does not mean, however, that one can just create a new system and put people in it - this would be a perversion of Lean-Thinking.  Lean suggests sysetms support our people. But this presumes they are capable of getting their work done. Putting people into a potentially Agile system does not teach someone actual Agile skills.
 

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Why It's So Important to Learn ATDD upfront

July 9, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
First, let's be clear what we mean by Acceptance Test-Driven Development. It does not mean automating testing. It means to collaboratively (Product Owners, devs & testers) working together to go from features to small stories (< 3 days) that are well-scoped and have clear acceptance criteria that could be automated if desired.
 
Most companies delay ATDD because CSM and team level courses for SAFe don't include it. The trade off is more framework and less actual Agile work. 
 

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The #1 challenge for teams after scrum training is writing small, well-scoped, testable stories

July 9, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Which initial training you chose should therefore be that teams can do this after their initial training. The promoted belief that you should focus on the framework & then learn how to do this later is not just self-serving, it is wrong. While you can take a course and then pay for coaching after the workshop to learn this is not just expensive but wastes the time of your staff and often produces resistance.
 

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Why You Should Go Beyond The Scrum Guide With Scrum

July 8, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
The Scrum Guide is the de facto standard for how to do Scrum for Scrum.inc.org.alliance. But at Net Objectives we believe you can and should go beyond it - pragmatism over dogmatism - work over framework. 
 
There is, of course, a reason that the Scrum guide says "Scrum’s roles, events, artifacts, and rules are immutable." And, if you are starting Scrum out on your own and you have control over your team that's likely a good thing. But when Scrum doesn't exactly fit, relaxing the rigor in the right way can make Scrum more effective. 
 

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