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I write mostly about Agile/Scrum but also about personal development.
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Despite having had 9+ years experience in the software industry before I started working as a full time Scrum Master I still managed to do few mistakes and overlooked a few aspects of my new job role at a large corporation.

I want to reveal my top 5 f*ck-ups.

#1 — Thinking that reading few books and a certification in my pocket I would have super-powers to change an organization.

I failed to understand the complexity of a large corporation.

In small/medium companies the hierarchy burden is lighter, the decision making process is faster and communication flows easily.

The larger the organization, the more complex the interdepartmental web is.

Take for example areas that are inherently “less agile” such as Legal…


The Scrum-ish framework has more followers than the Scrum framework right off the bat.

This guide explains all the details you need to know to either adopt Scrum-ish or identify a Scrum-ish implementation from a distance.

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Purpose of the Scrum-ish Guide

Scrum-ish has been developed since Scrum became mainstream, the boom in the number of certification entities and two-day courses to become a Certified Scrum Master have contributed to disseminate Scrum-ish all around the globe within organizations of every size.

The Scrum-ish Guide contains the definition of Scrum-ish. Each element of the framework serves a specific purpose that is completely essential to the overall waste…


Have you ever wondered why some Scrum teams make it happen while others don’t? Have you ever wondered why some Scrum teams can work as a cohesive unit and work just flows naturally? Have you ever wondered why some Scrum teams despite having team members with personalities so different from each other still thrive when everyone would expect them to fail?

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What is “The 6 working geniuses” model?

It’s a model created by a company called Table Group, whose president is the author of the best-seller book “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable”, Patrick Lencioni.

The 6 Working Geniuses (from now on I will…


Retrospectives are an integral part of the Scrum framework, retrospectives in general are not only reserved for Scrum teams, it’s common to be used in any team or group setup that has spent some time working together and wish to to look back, inspect, reflect and adapt.

Having facilitated over a hundred retrospectives, I have found 5 things that can hinder the effectiveness of the Sprint Retrospectives and affect the morale of the team.

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What is a Sprint Retrospective?

It’s an event that is part of the Scrum Framework and described in the Scrum Guide as below.

Note: The last update of the Scrum Guide…


Jira and other tools of the same genre have been widely criticized in the realm of agile, many even say that tools like Jira are anti-agile.

Is this true? Maybe you are here because you hate Jira or maybe you love Jira, either way there’s something here for everyone.

Here’s my take on this.

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Let’s remember what the Agile Manifesto says?

The Agile Manifesto has 4 values and 12 principles.

The first value reads…

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools

And one of the principles says that…

The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.

It’s…


What makes a Scrum Master successful? This is something many Scrum Masters have a hard time defining.

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Whether you are a Scrum Master or a Hiring Manager (for a Scrum Master) you should read this to make sure you are set for success for the role of a Scrum Master.

Why does it suck not knowing what success looks like for a Scrum Master?

When a Scrum Master has a hard time defining what success looks like for themselves, several things can happen.

  • They have a hard time explaining to their peers and bosses what they do in a logical way.
  • Impostor syndrome feeling.
  • It gives space for anti-patterns (more on this below) to…


A new Scrum Guide was presented to the world earlier this week. I have never seen such a buzz around any of the previous releases, so I decided to take some time to read the guide while having a few espressos and writing my thoughts as I slowly digested the paragraphs.

The Scrum Guide

Below are my personal views that I am sharing with you. Some views you might agree on others you may not and that’s ok.

The Scrum Guide contains the definition of Scrum. Each element of the framework serves a specific purpose that is essential to the overall value and…


In the midst of so many “Agile” and “Scrum” certifications and training available around, it’s easy to become disheartened by it’s cost — specially if you can’t expense it as a business expense and/or you need to pay it from you pocket. But it doesn’t need to be like that.

OK, let’s make this clear from the beginning, I am not advocating you should not pay for a course, that’s a decision on you to take. I didn’t pay for it and still achieved my certification with flying colours (96%).

As I found repeating myself so many times by sharing…


Things not always goes as planned and neither past performances can guarantee anything.

This weekend we saw Anthony Joshua (AJ), the greatest British boxer being defeated by Andy Ruiz Jr.

Anthony before this fight was an undefeated boxer, giving his past performances, he was undoubtedly the favourite to win the fight.

In the video below we can see his reaction after the match.

“It’s settled in. What’s next innit? Look forward, I ain’t dwelling in tonight.

I’m not going to be mourning. It’s like you correct it, you adjust, sit down, focus, lock in and then you go again.

I…


Because ‘Scrum’, ‘Agile’, ‘Sprints’ and other Agile jargon are now so trendy and everyone claims to do (most of the times very badly) it’s difficult to get the message across when explaining what the Scrum Framework is for without facing a defensive wall from the other side.

Bob — “Hey Wilson, I have heard you guys are using some ‘new way’ of developing stuff, can you tell me more about it?

Wilson — “Hi Bob, sure I can, it’s just an empirical way of managing the complexity of building a product, it’s based in common sense and it’s not that…

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