“Your main goal for this quarter is Agile”, said Jane, the VP R&D during the performance review, “you do know what is Agile, right?”

Bob didn’t know what Agile is. That is, he knew what the word agile means, but not in the context of his job as a director of software development at Slough Comm, a maker of telecommunications equipment.

“Yes, of course. We will do Agile in 3 months”.

“No, don’t do Agile. Be… never mind. I’m sure you’ll figure it out. Just talk to me whenever you need help, and let’s stay updated on this every two weeks in our status meeting”.

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Last week, my colleague, Ilan Kirschenbaum, and one of my agile mentors, published in his blog post “Recipe for becoming a scrum master”.
I really related to his post, because it is actually tracing the steps I went through on the way to become an agile coach (and I continue repeating those steps every day, this blog post is an evidence :)).
Still, I have something to add - some base assumptions I have embraced during the way, which I think worth sharing.
A moment of honesty, the idea for this post came up during NLP lesson, I have recently started. The following base assumptions are also the foundation for the NLP, so I (or we) did not invent anything new here - it is just perfectly blended into being agile. 

 

So, let’s begin with the first one, and for me, it was also the hardest one to acknowledge and embrace.

First assumption:

Everyone is doing the best they can (with the resources they have available)

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I often get asked: Why does the certified LeSS Practitioner training require 3 days?
I thought it would be beneficial to write a short post explaining.

I understand the question.

I really do. 3 days for a training is not very common for these types of trainings, partly because during the last years, the Scrum Alliance had set the standard for scrum related trainings for 2 days (See CSM , CSPO).

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Foreward Regarding Recipes

A friend once told me about a tradition in their family. When a couple gets engaged, the brides grandmother bakes their wedding cake. As I am a person that loves stories and metaphors, I will now tell you this story and analogise it to making great Scrum Masters.

So the grandmother follows a traditional recipe. This begins as soon as the young couple announces their engagement. The grandmother makes a three layered cake, mounted on a pedestal. She then attends to the cake every week, pouring a shot of premium whiskey on top.Two years later, shortly before the wedding ceremony, she ices the cake to be presented and later shared by the newly wed couple.

Like cakes, there are many recipes to become Scrum Masters. I am now sharing one of them with you.

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