The ScrumMaster's Diary
Thoughts from the Scrummaster's Diary, our thoughts as Scrum Professionals.
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.
My Top 5 ScrumMaster Bloopers
I've observed a number of different ScrumMasters facilitating a number of scrum teams and I thought I would summarise the most common pitfalls/bad habits I see most ScrumMasters fall into. By no means am I perfect either, as some of these I even notice myself doing!!!
Ouija Board Estimation / Seance Sizing
During a recent training course I ran, one of the delegates made a joke about the nature of agile estimation in Scrum teams resembling a "séance"; whereby the team gathers around the table and stares at a number of user story cards expecting something unnatural to happen. How true!