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Self-organization doesn’t happen by itself

Have you ever been told: “We are going to be agile. And we’ll follow SCRUM from now on.”? Maybe you have been lucky and had a day’s worth of training on the SCRUM framework. So you know that SCRUM teams are self-organizing and nobody tells them how to do their work,

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Don’t use your backlog as a souvenir cabinet

On one of my online information hikes recently, I came across this question: Is backlog refinement (grooming) waste?.

Summarizing and paraphrasing, the question asks whether backlog refinement should be abandoned in favor of practices that prevent the backlog growing to a size where refinement would be needed.

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Trust is not all or nothing

Have you ever been asked whether you trust the people you work with? Your peers? The people that work under your guidance or direction? The people that guide or direct you?

What was your answer?

My bet is that even if you silently thought “no”, you probably answered “yes”.

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“Trust has to be earned” is counterproductive

Last Friday I was at an open space agile conference. Surrounded by Agile Coaches. People doing what I am learning about and practicing for. People responsible for helping agile teams improve.

To help anyone improve means getting them to open up. Not just about anything. About their failures.

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Are you lazy? That may not be a bad thing

I’m sure you have heard it before. “A good programmer is lazy.” I often hear it when discussing DRY, taking it to mean that you should not repeat code. The train of thought is: if you are lazy, you don’t like doing things twice, so a lazy programmer will naturally tend to write DRY code.

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