Wednesday, 22 April 2015

How NOT to be a Scrum Master

This is just gold. It's so funny...

...until it's not, which is when you realize that your Scrum Master is not that different from this guy.

But seriously now, it's actually not that uncommon to see traditional PMs who just joined the Agile bandwagon and are trying to run the Scrum theory without letting the old bad habits go. This is even more common on the big companies who finally decided to roll out a (drum roll) transformational project.

Enjoy :)

Video by: Adam Weisbart

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

The self-proclaimed Agile PM

It went along these lines...

IT Project Manager: "...QA finished testing on our internal Staging environment so we can go live with the feature and turn it on right away for all customers!"

Scrum Master: "Hmm, but wait, QA already said they would need 3 full days to thoroughly test the new feature in production before we can actually turn it on for any real customer..."

IT PM: "3 full days? Didn't you hear what I just said? They've already tested the feature on Staging!"

SM: "Err... Staging servers are inside the company. Our production servers are with AWS."

IT PM: "Do you want to be agile or not?"

True story.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Scrum certification: do you really need one?

The main question to start with is: why do you need or want a Scrum certification?

Maybe you really want to learn the basics and start adding some value and agility to your projects? Or you simply want to validate your knowledge and add a little more weigh to your CV? Or  are you just trying to get a pay rise?

The industry speaks for itself and it's common knowledge that experience always carries more weight than a piece of paper with your name on it, especially now with so many Scrum accreditation institutes out there.

As a hiring manager, when interviewing a potential candidate, I usually focus on the real experiences, the war scars someone got while adopting or increasing Agile adoption by one or more teams or scaling it in a larger environment -- plus a few scenario-based questions -- rather than just looking at how many certifications they have or which institute they were issued by.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Hello, world!

Hello world!

I’m Wagner, an IT guy who had his fun years as a software engineer but in the last few years I’ve been having a lot more fun wearing a few other hats. In fact, sometimes wearing a few different hats on a few different projects at the same time.

Sounds familiar, right? If you’ve been on the game long enough, you know it does. Well, we’ll get into that in my next few posts.

I follow and read several other people’s blogs and articles about Agile — if you’re here, I’m sure you do too —  and very often I realize I’ve been in or seen with my own eyes those same situations they are talking about.

So I decided to share here some of my own experiences, thoughts, pains and joys presented by the challenges of helping teams start with — or becoming more — Agile.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned!