Time for a new way to learn Scrum

May 10, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

The purpose of Scrum is not to do Scrum. It's to do effective Agile software development.

In the same way, the purpose of riding a bike is not to ride a bike. It's to have fun, to get someplace, to improve one's health. But it's not riding a bike just to ride-it's what it does for us.

I remember when I taught my kids how to ride a bike and we put training wheels on their bikes. They struggled, got hurt, wasn't a lot of fun. When the training wheels came off I had to run alongside the bike while they tried to learn how to balance. This turns out to be a bad way to learn to ride a bike. It's not much fun, it's risky (falling), it's time consuming. It's difficult.

Someone apparently remembered that the purpose of riding a bike for kids is to have fun. hey focused on it being fun while teaching the essence of riding a bike - steering and going. They came up with the idea of removing the training wheels and the pedals. The kids just ride and have fun.

We can teach Scrum the same way. Let's not focus on Scrum. Let's focus on what we're learning Scrum for. Teach just the basics but with the time saved, in the initial training get what you need to do Agile software development done effectively - a ATDD/BDD.

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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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