Another vicious cycle

June 11, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
A company decides to adopt Scrum
 
They get multiple proposals
 
Their people are told to choose between CSM training or a course that includes core ATDD concepts
 
They ask the team which one they want
 
Resumes look better with CSM on them (not to mention many devs think ATDD will add work to them, even though it doesn't) so they vote for CSM training 
 
The team gets CSM training and later finds out there are many things the team hasn't learned and can't figure out (e.g., how to write small stories, how to get POs involved)
 
Teams do figure out some things, so the thought is Agiles working
 
But teams' progress eventually bogs down
 
But now there's either no budget for ATDD or teams slog along and don't want to do more training
 
Oh, I guess this isn't really a cycle, except that it repeats in different places. 
 
The shame of this is that focusing less on certification and more on what needs to be done actually costs less. 
 
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About the author | Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.



        

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