“Inspection without adaption is pointless in Scrum,” what a beautiful sentence was written by Gunther Verheyen [1]. After reading this, I was thinking about how I can make it more generic and try to explore more about it. What does it mean? Let’s go back to the basics. Empiricism has three main pillars “Transparency,” “Inspection,” and “Adaptation,” and we can’t achieve it if any pillar is missing.

I like the Salience Model for stakeholder management, which uses a Venn Diagram to explain “Power,” “Urgency,” and “Legitimacy” of the stakeholder [2]. …


The meaning of analogy as defined in Merriam Webster dictionary is “a comparison of two otherwise unlike things based on the resemblance of a particular aspect [1]” for example, atoms are like a solar system or “smile to mouth, as wink is to eyes.” It plays a significant role not only in explanation and conceptualization but also in communication; lots of everyday idioms and proverbs are examples of it.

Sandy Schuman defines the most comprehensive yet short definition of facilitation. In his book, he explained facilitation as “Helping groups do better [2]”. …


Last year I did a public speaking session on Scrum, and one of the questions that arose, again and again, was, “How many times this is mentioned in Scrum Guide[1]?” This question gives me an idea to compile things mistakenly believe to be a part of Scrum. Here is a list of few items I can think of on the top of my head.

Jira

How many times did you come across a team that claims to be an Agile or Scrum because they are using Jira? Or to be more accurate, Jira, and daily standup. Although lots of teams are…


Although traditional project management provides tools for data and flow, however, the main focus is extensive upfront planning. The process flow is not an indication of the value generated for the stakeholders. Agile project management focuses more on the flow of value generated for the stakeholders than the process itself. Due to the flow of the value and adaptability, there is a higher success rate of the projects.

Project Management Institute was founded in 1969 and created a body of knowledge for project management. In 1996 they published the first version of Project Management Body of Knowledge. Even in the…


In the late nineteenth century, Frederick Taylor developed a scientific management theory, also known as “Taylorism,” the first theory which describes motivation. Taylorism is based on “Extrinsic motivation,” such as fame, money [1], which holds true for mechanical work. However, for the knowledge worker, “Intrinsic motivation” plays a significant role; therefore, Taylorism is not a suitable tool for them. For intrinsic motivation, people do an activity because they find it interesting; however, in the case of extrinsic motivation, the intention is some external goal.

Daniel Pink describes motivation 3.0 framework for intrinsic desire in his famous book Drive [2], based…


Technically speaking, metaphor is a figure of speech that compares one thing to another. Metaphor is a convenient and useful tool to explain complex concepts. Princess Anna dialog “Love is an open door” is a beautiful example from a Disney animated movie “Frozen.” We may hear the phrase, “That movie was a rollercoaster ride.” Perhaps the most famous one is from William Shakespeare’s “All the world’s a stage.” My favorite use of metaphor is “Emotional Bank Account” which describes the amount of trust in a relationship introduced by Stephen Covey in his famous book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective…


“Tell me how you measure me, and I will tell you how I will behave. If you measure me in an illogical way… do not complain about illogical behavior…” thoughtful words by Eli Goldratt from his book “The Haystack Syndrome.” [1]

The main reason I recall this a recent conversation about measuring the performance of the Scrum Team. The most common approach I observe nowadays is to measure plan to complete ratio. Usually backed by the rationale that although the team velocity can be different and we can’t compare it, besides not even demanding the required velocity; however, “plan to…


When the kids start speaking, it is typical for him/her to use the same word for more than one thing, usually incorrectly. Therefore it is challenging to understand the correct context. Interestingly it is the same in the world of coaching. Coaching is often considered a synonym of mentoring and interchangeably misused. Let’s first take a look at the definition of coaching.

“Coaching is a less directive style of conversation that encourages people to think and decide for themselves.” Brilliant Coaching, 3rd edition by Julie Starr

“Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their growth.” John Whitmore

“Coaching is…


This is one of the very common questions I came across now a day, what is the difference between an Agile Coach and Professional Coach. Let’s try to find its answer by going to its root. International Coaching Federation (ICF) [1] is considered a gold standard for professional coaching. Similarly, ICAgile (International Consortium for Agile) [2] is an organization to define the learning objectives for different certificates, including the “Agile Coaching” [3]. Here is a definition of Coaching as defined by ICF [4].

“Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their…


Humans observed stars for thousands of years. Hundreds, if not thousands of stars are visible from the naked eye and they start creating different shapes out of these. Zodiac signs and constellations are excellent examples of it. Geocentric was the common belief at that time, which means the earth was considered the center of the Universe, and everything revolves around it. Although most celestial objects of the geocentric model were visible, now we know how incorrect that model was.

In 1543 famous mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus challenged the geocentric model just before his death and changed the whole point of view…

Zeeshan Amjad

Zeeshan Amjad is a life long learner. He love reading, writing, traveling, photography and healthy discussion.

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