The Scrum Gathering in Munich is now behind us. So much interesting information, so many interesting people, so many things to do, so many ideas which I’d like to deploy tomorrow, and so little time for it all. My personal highs and lows:
If the Scrum Alliance has a Scrum Master, then it’s Tobias Mayer. Maybe court jester is a better description. Like the court jester, the Scrum Master often helps the organization recognize unpleasant truths. It’s a dangerous job. Sometimes kings kill the messenger. It’s happened to me and it happened to Tobias (but he was rehabilitated). I think he has correctly analyzed the problems of the Scrum Alliance and indicated the right way forward.
Sorely missed was of course Ken Schwaber. Ken’s work has inspired thousands of people to rethink the way they work and make the workplace a better place for everybody. ‘Inspect and Adapt’ is the basis for a more effective way of solving difficult problems. I read his book and it clicked immediately. This is the way to do projects.
I met Ken at the Scrum Gathering in Stockholm and he agreed to come to Zürich for our Lean Agile Scrum Conference. I had the privilege of participating in and co-teaching at his CSM Course in Zürich at the same time. I thought there was nothing more I could learn at a CSM course, but I was wrong. It was an eye opening experience, particularly his emphasis on the ethics of making commitments.
So the Scrum Alliance (and the training program in particular) has been a victim of its own success. I think/hope both Ken (with his Scrum.org) and the Scrum Alliance board are recognizing this issue. Ken and the Scrum Alliance brought Inspect and Adapt to the world. I am confident they will apply their values and principles to resolve them. I can’t say How or When, but I have confidence in What.