At the start of lockdown, I was a big lad (16.2st or 103Kg). Something had to be done. At the time of writing this article, I’m now at 11.3st or 70.05Kg. Reflecting on how this was achieved, I’m fully convinced it was my experience as a Scrum Master.

What is Scrum?

As this article will reach those outside the Scrum community, it feels prudent to give a quick overview of Scrum.

Scrum is an IT framework created in the 1990’s by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland — you can find the Scrum Guide at scrumguides.org. …


It turns out Scrum doesn’t “work”, after all, that’s why people bastardize the Scrum framework, right? Since everyone likes to use Scrum, and then optimize it into something it wasn’t meant to be, a new delivery methodology is needed for the modern Agile world.

WARNING

This is a satirical piece, written to show the most horrific anti-Agile practices which can be implemented if you misinterpret the Agile Manifesto and the Scrum Guide. If you are following any of the practices detailed in this article, please feel free to reach out.

Part 1 — Introduction, definition, and values
Part 2 — Roles…


It turns out Scrum doesn’t “work”, after all, that’s why people bastardize the Scrum framework, right? Since everyone likes to use Scrum, and then optimize it into something it wasn’t meant to be, a new delivery methodology is needed for the modern Agile world.

WARNING

This is a satirical piece, written to show the most horrific anti-Agile practices which can be implemented if you misinterpret the Agile Manifesto and the Scrum Guide. If you are following any of the practices detailed in this article, please feel free to reach out.

Part 1 — Introduction, definition, and values
Part 2 — Roles…


It turns out Scrum doesn’t “work”, after all, that’s why people bastardize the Scrum framework, right? Since everyone likes to use Scrum, and then optimize it into something it wasn’t meant to be, a new delivery methodology is needed for the modern Agile world.

WARNING

This is a satirical piece, written to show the most horrific anti-Agile practices which can be implemented if you misinterpret the Agile Manifesto and the Scrum Guide. If you are following any of the practices detailed in this article, please feel free to reach out.

Part 1 — Introduction, definition, and values
Part 2 — Roles…


Scrum is an absolutely brilliant delivery framework when done right, but sometimes it gets a bad rep for being too meeting heavy. In this article, I’m going to explore this.

How the Scrum Events feed into the framework (Image Source: https://www.accelebrate.com/blog/agile-marketing)

People may ask: Why Scrum is so meeting heavy? Are all 4 of the events above plus Product Backlog Refinement really needed? I don’t care about what you worked on yesterday or what you’re working on today, so why do we need a Daily Scrum? Stakeholders don’t show up to the Sprint Review, do we even need one? …


The Sprint Retrospective is one of the most important events in the Scrum framework, and one which enables empiricism in the Scrum framework.

“Improving daily work is even more important than doing daily work.”
Gene Kim, The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

Empiricism in a nutshell

Scrum is founded on empirical process control theory, or empiricism. Empiricism asserts that knowledge comes from experience and making decisions based on what is known. Scrum employs an iterative, incremental approach to optimize predictability and control risk. Three pillars uphold every implementation of empirical process control: transparency, inspection, and adaptation.


The Sprint Review is one of the most important events in the Scrum framework, and one highly dependent on Scrum’s underlying empirical pillars.

Empiricism in a nutshell

Scrum is founded on empirical process control theory, or empiricism. Empiricism asserts that knowledge comes from experience and making decisions based on what is known. Scrum employs an iterative, incremental approach to optimize predictability and control risk. Three pillars uphold every implementation of empirical process control: transparency, inspection, and adaptation.
- The Scrum Guide

3 Pillars of Scrum (source https://medium.com/serious-scrum/empiricism-transparency-33adad8fbba2)

Let me guide you through how these 3 pillars are critical to each Scrum event, and how they can help guide you through…


If you are practicing Scrum, you must enable the three empirical process control pillars: transparency, inspection, and adaptation. However, not all who implement Scrum are aware of how these core components fit into Scrum Events or how they can guide Scrum teams in times of uncertainty.

6 Articles

Mastering Empirical Process Control is split across 6 independent articles, each one covering the 5 events of Scrum, and final one covering Backlog Refinement and unknowns the team come across. Each article can be read and understood on its own.

Empiricism in a nutshell

“Scrum is founded on empirical process control theory, or empiricism. Empiricism asserts that knowledge…


“You can tell, I sincerely detest the concept of imposing (…) Once you try to make me into another you, that’s when I no longer consider you part of me. One’s enough.” — Efrat Cybulkiewicz

What I like about Scrum more than anything, is coaching Dev Teams to become self-organising. Once a Scrum Team achieves the pinnacle of self-organisation the possibilities become endless; innovation, creativity, ownership, accountability, empowered, motivation, and Empiricism all show in the Scrum Team.

The path to self-organisation

Self-organisation doesn't happen over night, it takes a long time for a Scrum Master to coach this behavior into Scrum Teams. …


Burn-downs are an incredibly useful tool for teams to inspect their progress towards a common goal

Davie Elliott

Nottingham based PSM2 certified Scrum Master for a FinTech company

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