I'd Settle For One Why

March 14, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I've been doing Lean in one form or another for decades. One of the key practices is "asking 5 whys" to get to the root cause of issues. Many times I've helped clients use the 5-whys to discover their core problems which ended up being not where thought they were. A very powerful, yet easy, technique.

Over the years I've asked many "whys" of Scrum & have been called a basher. But my "whys" have been in an attempt to get to the cause of the problem. To date, I've yet to be engaged in these. Since I can't get to the 5-whys, i'll do 5 separate whys with an answer you get to when probing deeper:

  1. why is there so much scrum-but? (ppl don't understand the natural principles behind software dev)
  2. why is there so much scrum-but? (worth asking twice) (ppl feel they have to follow Scrum guidelines even when Scrum does not apply)
  3. why do ppl have trouble breaking stories down? (ppl aren't being taught ATDD)
  4. why is there so much dogma in Scrum coaching? (ppl use Scrum as a rulebook because they don't have the experience to use it truly as a guide)
  5. why do those new to Scrum run into the same challenges as others new to Scrum (Scrum is not taught in a way that allows ppl to adapt it early)

These are real questions. We should try to answer them.

If you're looking for help for your Scrum teams please drop me a line.

Al Shalloway

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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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