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The ScrumMaster is not useless

I’m back from the Certified ScrumMaster Course + and heard a lot of Craig Larman’s bad jokes 🙂

Last year I wrote this article where I expressed my feelings about the usefulness of the ScrumMaster. During the last three days I learned a lot useful and funny stuff about Scrum and Lean. I enjoyed leaning that the ScrumMaster is responsible to help the organization change to a more Lean mode of operation where, among other things, teams are self organized and self managed. I’ve also leaned that the ScrumMaster is not useless! ScrumMaster is a temporary but necessary waste!

And if you think about this, it is probably the truth. If you have a truly agile and lean organization for what you need a  ScrumMaster? To help in a goal already accomplished?

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Os perigos da inovação

Lia na Marketeer deste mês um pequeno artigo sobre a EDP e sobre a confiança que transmite às pessoas. Segundo os resultados de um estudo  realizado pela interbrand, Inovação é um dos valores associados à marca.

Enquanto as empresas definem e redefinem a sua visão em torno dos seus valores e princípios, todas as decisões também são feitas atendendo a todos os valores e princípios.

Torna-se, então, complicado para uma empresa, que tenha inovação como valor, liderar os seus colaboradores na direcção certa porque é provável que exista um grande conjunto de paradigmas associados à palavra inovação.

Por isso como vão as empresas liderar os seus colaboradores com uma mensagem ambígua?

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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.

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