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Useless Certified Scrum Masters

Are you willing to have a surgery with a surgeon that has taken a two days course in surgery?

Think about that for a moment. If you answer “No” (which I believe you do unless you’re a suicidal crazy person) I’m also sure you will not believe that a Certified Scrum Master (or a bunch of them) will save your projects and your business.

SCRUM is simple. SCRUM is hard. There is no ambiguity here. It is simple but it is hard.

Most of the organizations implementing SCRUM do not bother to find out why the “old” processes haven’t worked and simple jump into SCRUM because it is simple. People tend to judge that simple things are also easy thinks.

I think is a mistake, when you’re the adopting SCRUM framework (or any other agile process/methodology/practice/framework) to jump into it and trashing everything you learned from the past failures. This is a warning of continuing the failure path.

SCRUM, and any other agile methodology or process is not about the process or methodology itself, it is about a change in mindset and organization values and principles. SCRUM will help your organization to change, but will not change it by itself. Do not expect that SCRUM will solve all of your problems but expect it to show you all your problems.

What about the good engineering practices? Will SCRUM save your project if you are constantly building garbage? Probably SCRUM will help you to build garbage more quickly. That’s great if your business is all about building garbage.

I am just starting with this stuff of Agile Software development, so do not take what I have said here too seriously 🙂 . I am sure your certified surgeon, with a two days course, will do a great job to your brains after a surgery to your head.

jpereira

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7 thoughts on “Useless Certified Scrum Masters
  1. Paulo Abreu

    I loved the garbage thing!

    Scrum is hard, but harder in our country. Agility is discipline, commitment, precise reporting … when you pick a Portuguese team and the team realises how velocity shows the non working time versus working time, you will experience a new level of resistance 🙂

    Welcome to “agile” world!

     
  2. Paulo Abreu

    I loved the garbage thing!

    Scrum is hard, but harder in our country. Agility is discipline, commitment, precise reporting … when you pick a Portuguese team and the team realises how velocity shows the non working time versus working time, you will experience a new level of resistance 🙂

    Welcome to “agile” world!

     
  3. Vasco Duarte

    Good points, but don’t despair yet. There’s a lot of value in just applying SCRUM as it is described and learning from it. I know, I was a skeptic when I started 🙂

    Check out some of my posts about scrum for more info. I’ve also started collecting “patterns” and “anti-patterns” of Agile deployment check it out.

    It would be great to help SCRUM succeed also in Portugal 🙂

    BTW: who was your trainer for the CSM?

     
  4. Vasco Duarte

    Good points, but don’t despair yet. There’s a lot of value in just applying SCRUM as it is described and learning from it. I know, I was a skeptic when I started 🙂

    Check out some of my posts about scrum for more info. I’ve also started collecting “patterns” and “anti-patterns” of Agile deployment check it out.

    It would be great to help SCRUM succeed also in Portugal 🙂

    BTW: who was your trainer for the CSM?

     
  5. jpereira

    @Vasco: I’m just worried about how people are adopting SCRUM. I’m worried about the ignorant consultants as you describe in your post http://softwaredevelopmenttoday.blogspot.com/2008/11/beware-of-ignorant-consultants-beware.html 🙂

    In addition, most people in our organizations are used to follow some kind of methodology or process where if they have a problem they can refer to the page xx of the process YYY description. And voilá! The solution for their problems it’s all there, they just have to apply it. SCRUM it’s not like that!

    Before jump into SCRUM I think it’s useful for organizations to understand its history and the history of their own company, as well their culture, systems, capabilities, procedures, etc. SCRUM will not work if you go next Monday to work and tell your team: Let’s SCRUM.

    It’s important to know our problems and the root causes of those problems, and if SCRUM can be applied to fix the root causes, great, if don’t, don’t waste time and money.

    I also believe that Agile can be successfully used in Portugal, and I’m keen to help. 😉

    BTW, I’m not a CSM (probably that’s why I wrote this post 🙂 )

    @Paulo: You’re right. We face a culture shock when adopting Agile. For my own situation, we are bringing the SCRUM mindset from Finland. Will it work without adaptations to our own culture? Here, yes I’m skeptical.

    Thanks for the comments.

     
  6. jpereira

    @Vasco: I’m just worried about how people are adopting SCRUM. I’m worried about the ignorant consultants as you describe in your post http://softwaredevelopmenttoday.blogspot.com/2008/11/beware-of-ignorant-consultants-beware.html 🙂

    In addition, most people in our organizations are used to follow some kind of methodology or process where if they have a problem they can refer to the page xx of the process YYY description. And voilá! The solution for their problems it’s all there, they just have to apply it. SCRUM it’s not like that!

    Before jump into SCRUM I think it’s useful for organizations to understand its history and the history of their own company, as well their culture, systems, capabilities, procedures, etc. SCRUM will not work if you go next Monday to work and tell your team: Let’s SCRUM.

    It’s important to know our problems and the root causes of those problems, and if SCRUM can be applied to fix the root causes, great, if don’t, don’t waste time and money.

    I also believe that Agile can be successfully used in Portugal, and I’m keen to help. 😉

    BTW, I’m not a CSM (probably that’s why I wrote this post 🙂 )

    @Paulo: You’re right. We face a culture shock when adopting Agile. For my own situation, we are bringing the SCRUM mindset from Finland. Will it work without adaptations to our own culture? Here, yes I’m skeptical.

    Thanks for the comments.

     
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