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Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

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Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

If you haven’t come across the work of Vasco Duarte, then I recommend you tune into him and especially his take on #noestimates (I consider him one of the three #noestimates musketeers, along with Woody Zuill and Neil Killick).

Some time ago I was invited onto his Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast to talk about the typical issues that Scrum Masters face. I urge you to check out the other podcasts; there are some very enlightening conversations on there from some great Scrum Masters including Neil Killick, Woody Zuill and Henri Karhatsu.

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Time Is An Illusion…

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…lunchtime, doubly so.

The immortal words of Douglas Adams. He had a point.

As a Scrum Master, I’m always dealing with matters of time, be it with estimates, planning, development, rituals, lunch.. time is part of the furniture of software development. But I have other interests, two of which are neuroscience (and specifically the subject of consciousness) and physics. Both of these disciplines have a lot to say about time, and how its passing basically is an illusion.

On my travels around the web, I curate a couple of public Flipboard magazines. This one is stuffed full of stuff about Agile things and in this one I collect stories about science. Today I added this Scientific American article entitled “Time on the Brain: How You Are Always Living In the Past, and Other Quirks of Perception.” I recommend you read it. If you have time..

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What I have to say about self-organizing teams

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@tisquirrel’s view on self-organizing teams, something we’re trying at Bright Interactive.



Remember Agile manifesto? ‘The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams’. But why self-organizing teams? How to build them? How do they emerge?

When I say “self-organizing teams” top managers usually think ‘teams which need no management’, ‘magic teams which work twice as much’. They behave as if we can just hire 10 nice people, put them in one room and tell them “And now you have to self-organize.’ We talk a lot about such teams, but rarely can we assemble one. Some of my colleagues even say that it is a luxury to have such teams and we just can’t afford them.

I tried to collect all my thoughts on the self-organizing teams in this post.

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