Monthly Archives: April 2011

Job Titles and Pay Scale in an Agile World


Many “Agile Methods” such as Scrum and XP suggest (or command) that there shall be no job titles on the team. What are the implications of this? Although this “utopian” view suggests that all team members are equal, this would … Continue reading

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If you’re not doing XYZ, you’re not REALLY doing Scrum/XP…


We hear that all the time… if you don’t do …. $X…. then you’re not really doing Scrum or XP. So what are the implications of this? 1) It doesn’t matter if you’re “really” doing XP or Scrum. Those are … Continue reading

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Scrum as the new “Command and Control”


Scrum promises an end to “command and control” management. But does it really? Let’s look at this in depth: 1) In the old way everyone had one professional manager they reported to 2) That manager may assign tasks or allow … Continue reading

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Scrum and XP as related to the Agile Manifesto


People often point to the manifesto to justify aspects of Scrum or XP. They’ll say “see right here in the manifesto it says that….” These folks need to learn a little history.

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Rhetorical Anti-Patterns in Scrum and XP


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The flawed rhetoric about “Scrum” and “Organizational Dysfunction”


One of the most bizarre, yet highly touted, “features” of Scrum is that it “exposes Organizational Dysfunction”. Not mere team based, project based, or even departmental dysfunction, but Organizational Dysfunction … enterprise wide. Now this is crazy on so many … Continue reading

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