Choosing your Scrum team – Rock stars or studio musicians?

Posted On April 25, 2012 3:22 pm By Ilan Goldstein

There is a movement in IT recruiting circles to try and locate so-called ‘rock-star’ developers. I’ve always had an issue with this juxtaposition as I feel it sends a confused message to the market. Let’s think about this for a minute; what are the qualities that are synonymous with rock stars?

I’m sure you’ll agree that they are typically perceived as charismatic, creative and individualistic – good things right? Flipping the coin now, let’s now take a look at some of the not so laudable (stereotypical) characteristics – think temperamental, attention-seeking and arrogant with a healthy dose of ‘my way or the highway’ attitude thrown in there.

Does this sound like the type of person that would play nicely in a tight Scrum team? I think not. Read more about rockstars and studio musicians here…

‘Chief ScrumMasters’ and ScrumMasters

Posted On March 8, 2012 9:28 pm By Ilan Goldstein

When one ScrumMaster turns into two, then three, then four, life begins to gets more exciting. Scrum has clearly taken a stronghold in your organization and is settling in for the long haul. Although this is a great situation, care must be taken to erect strong scaffolding to help guide the positive surge as well […]

Masterful ScrumMaster

Posted On December 15, 2011 9:05 pm By Ilan Goldstein

I don’t believe that the important ScrumMaster title should be bestowed on someone just because he or she knows the Scrum rules and practices back to front. Instead, this title should be granted only to those who genuinely understand and can bring to life the underlying ethos of the role. That is, a ScrumMaster should […]



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