The #DarkScrum Formula

Ron Jeffries coined the term #DarkScrum.

#DarkScrum occurs when we focus on enforcing Scrum mechanics rather than reinforcing Agile Values and Principles.

This results in unenjoyable and demoralizing work. Where busyness is prioritized over impact. In other words, lots of work being done without a potentially releasable product increment created each Sprint.

Luckily, I have seen #BrightScrum, where Scrum helps us make work more enjoyable and vibrant. Where teams are releasing value that matters to our business, customers, and users every Sprint. Where Scrum helps us to humanize our workplaces and schools.

#BrightScrum occurs when we choose a mindset congruent with Agile values and principles. #BrightScrum happens we use Scrum to help us actualize the Agile Manifesto.

After deep analysis and research with Agile For All’s team of mathematicians and data scientists, we uncovered a formula that makes #DarkScrum all but certain in your organization.

#DarkScrum Formula

Download the #DarkScrum Formula here. Post it up for your team and managers, email it to a friend, and share it on social media to help spread awareness of how to detect and prevent #DarkScrum.

Let’s make more #BrightScrum, together.

A Dozen Reasons Why Test-First Is Better Than Test-Later (Pt. 2)

From the Developer Essentials Newsletter: The intersection of Agile methods and technical software development.

If you missed Part 1, review it here.

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Humanizing Work Season 1 Finale: Why Now?

Why now? What conditions in the world make this the right time for a Humanizing Work movement?

There are two key shifts that have happened in our working world that are really unique to our day. These changes require us to rethink the way we work.

Peter and Richard look at the reason behind the shift in work and practical steps you can take to humanize work individually and organization-wide.

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Humanizing Work Show Ep.4: Growth Is Essential

Growth is one of the core things that motivates people in all aspects of their life.

“Work that doesn’t provide opportunities for growth is dehumanizing.”

“Energy is additive. If I’m growing at work I’ve got energy…when I get home…now I have some energy to develop other parts of my life.”

Peter and Richard talk about how they’ve seen growth motivate clients and share research and advice on how you can take next steps in your individual growth.

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A Dozen Reasons Why Test-First Is Better Than Test-Later (Pt. 1)

An editor of Dr. Dobbs magazine once wrote to me—replying to my response to an article—“All the benefits [of Test-Driven Development] could be attained equally by writing tests after the code, rather than before.”[1]

Tests exercise software to be sure it’s doing what was intended. So, whether you use Test-Driven Development (TDD) or write unit-tests after coding, you’re presumably getting the same benefit. The safety-net gets built, either way. Right?[2]

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Humanizing Work Show Ep. 3: What Drives Motivation

When you think about what motivates someone within their job or work it tends to go back to what their connection is to the purpose behind their work.

“…it’s hard to imagine a motivating purpose that doesn’t impact another person. I think we are wired to care about other people.”

Richard Lawrence and Peter Green examine the theories of motivation and the core motivators they’ve found in their work with clients.

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Humanizing Work Show Ep.2: The Relationship (or Conflict) Between Ease and Meaning at Work

“This is why successful serial entrepreneurs, even after a big exit, go on to start something else, not because they need the money, but because they need to do meaningful work.”

If you’re not growing, do you lose interest? If you’re not pushing yourself to the edge of your ability, where the stakes are high and the outcome matters, are you able to find meaning in your work? Is doing as little work as possible with the greatest financial gain the goal?

Peter Green and Richard Lawrence tackle the relationship (or conflict) between ease and meaning in this episode of the Humanizing Work Show.

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Work Should Fit People

This week, we launched the Humanizing Work Show. In episode 1, we summarize what we mean by Humanizing Work and where the phrase came from.

Humanizing Work is about shaping work to fit people. When people thrive at work, teams and organizations thrive.

Humanizing Work has four key themes:

  • Creativity — people need to exercise autonomy, to create and change their world
  • Collaboration — people need connection, and they accomplish greater things in collaboration with others
  • Impact — people are motivated by making a difference in other people’s lives
  • Growth — work should cause people to grow and should provide a space for people to express their growth

In future episodes, we’ll go deeper into specific ways to flesh out these themes in organizations and we’ll talk with people who are doing creating Humanizing Work in their own organizations. Subscribe on Youtube or Facebook to get notified when each new episode is released.