The ScrumMaster's Diary
Thoughts from the Scrummaster's Diary, our thoughts as Scrum Professionals.
User Stories: What Should We Test?
As I paused for thought, my first reaction was the latter. My instinct led me to believe that the acid test is the business value has been delivered, or some resultant benefit can be identified. This has the benefit of giving the team more freedom to explore various solutions to solve the problem in hand.
Scrum – The “Triangle Offence” of Software Development
In 1989, NBA coach Phil Jackson introduced an unconventional, untried and unknown offensive framework called “the triangle offence”. Jackson went on to coach his teams to eleven NBA championships before retiring in 2011. In 1995, Ken Schwaber introduced an unconventional, untried and unknown software development framework called “Scrum”.
Are children more collaborative and creative than adults? (Part 2)
This is the second in a series of blog posts covering the highlights of my trip to Cheriton Bishop Primary School in Devon. The purpose of this trip was for me to test two theories; are children naturally more creative and free thinking than adults in problem solving scenarios? And are groups of children naturally more collaborative than groups of adults, when given a team task?
Are children more collaborative and creative than adults? (Part 1)
This next series of blog posts will cover some of the highlights from my recent visit to Cheriton Bishop Primary School in Devon. The purpose of this trip was for me to test two theories; are children naturally more creative and free thinking than adults in problem solving scenarios? And are groups of children naturally more collaborative than groups of adults, when given a team task?
Creative Collaboration Through Improv
During my regular trips to London I attended several nights at The Comedy Store. Through this I have re-discovered my enjoyment of improvised comedy, which is something takes place twice a week at The Comedy Store.
The ScrumMaster Manifesto
In homage to that original Agile Manifesto I thought about coming up with a similar manifesto for ScrumMasters. Something perhaps for those newly **qualified** ScrumMasters to fall back on when things get tough.
The Bystander Effect in Scrum Teams
This is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to situations where individuals do not offer any assistance in an emergency situation when others are present. In fact, the probability of help is thought to be inversely proportional to the number of bystanders – so the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely they are to help.
An Ashes Winning Team
I have had the opportunity to work with a number of Scrum projects over recent years. Some of these projects were delivered by teams. Some were delivered by a group of individuals. I saw the same patterns emerge in the ashes series this winter.
Why I will never be “The Apprentice”
I’ll admit it – I’m addicted to watching “The Apprentice”. But there is a general trend which addicts like me have noticed ever since series one was first broadcast in 2005. The role of “project manager” in an apprentice team has become the poisoned chalice.
"I'd rather have a hole in my team, than an @$$hole in my team"
Its a great quote and I love it. I heard it second hand, but I believe Dan Jacobs (Apple) I have to credit for it. Scrum puts teams under pressure to build production ready software in every sprint. Fact.