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Sprint retrospective irrespective

Posted On May 17, 2013 5:17 pm By Ilan Goldstein

Unfortunately, when a team is under pressure, the important sprint retrospective is often the first to get bumped to when life is a bit more relaxed and under control. Even I have to admit that in my earlier days as a ScrumMaster I was guilty of skipping the retrospective on occasion. The irony is that […]

Scrum Australia 2013 – Our first ever regional Scrum Gathering!

Posted On May 17, 2013 2:20 pm By Ilan Goldstein

When fruit ninjas meet rockstars and lifeguards, entertainment is sure to follow, and that is exactly what transpired at Scrum Australia 2013 – the first ever Aussie Regional Scrum Gathering held in Sydney on April 10-11! The surf-themed event was sold out well in advance thanks to the fantastic array of diverse speakers including Kenny […]

Testing in Scrum – We still love the testers

Posted On July 3, 2012 10:48 pm By Ilan Goldstein

In fact, not only do we still love the testers, we love them even more in our new Scrum world! I really feel that this is an important point to emphasize, and I’ll tell you why. I remember when I was excitedly presenting Scrum 101 concepts to my first soon-to-be Scrum team. I was sure […]

Agile attitudes and abilities presentation at Agile Australia 2012

Posted On June 14, 2012 12:58 pm By Ilan Goldstein

What cures serious jet-lag after a month-long overseas working trip while being struck down with a head cold? Doing a presentation about Agile attitudes and abilities at a major conference in front of hundreds of people! OK, so it’s not quite chicken soup followed by bedrest but it certainly took my mind off how I […]

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…

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