The Scrum Song – vlog – Coaching Tip #9

Lot’s of instructors will tell you about the common escape clause for Scrum, “Scrum Is Simple but Not Easy.” I read another article that makes a much more valid point, “Scrum is easy, people are hard.” The latter diving into how people learn and more importantly, how they change. Or not.

Any two-day course is only the beginning. In two days, you are getting exposed to a breadth of knowledge about Scrum. If you are lucky enough to learn Scrum from a provider that includes Bowman’s Back of the Room and/or Gamification techniques then you will also be exposed to a surface level experience of how Scrum is intended to work.

If you are even luckier, the instructor will explain that Scrum is not “Agile”, and why they are two separate and distinct things. Like vanilla ice cream and hot fudge.

There are several factors that will influence how well you are able to use the Scrum Framework in a team as a way of working that very mildly addresses your ways of thinking. If at all, really.

Key learnings from hands-on gamification, for example, with the use of simulation and Lego games may enhance your experience in training with the Agile value system and principles as well. You may also experience real-world application within the course itself, as we do in the SAFe®, by having context oriented students learning Scrum, Agile, and Scaling with their real-world context.

Micro-learning is also quite useful in the classroom/organization, as described by Willeke, that decomposes learnings just as we do with work/effort in Scrum, Agile, and the SAFe.

The reality is, however, that green practitioners will probably only walk away with a simple exposure to the framework, values, and principles in two days regardless of the quality of materials, techniques, and bill rate of the instructor.

To embody the ethos, logos, and pathos of organic business agility and innovation you must experience it within a culture of freedom… of self: organization-management-purpose. It is only then that you may begin to understand and tie the pieces together that create a capability to change your ways of thinking, working, and feeling (cognitive empathy).

You must learn to crawl before you walk. Until then, you are working through the mechanics, not the intended state of performance. Develop a longing for continuous learning and dive in. The water is warm and welcoming.

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