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This is just the produce department at Wegmans in Bridgewater, NJ. Arizona has nothing like this. 
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Yup , Wegman's is sumpin else.
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Anit-Question Bias

Thesis: Asking basic questions is often a valuable way to get insightful answers. However, if I ask questions about basic things, people often conclude that I don't understand basic things. If people assume I am a novice because I ask basic questions, I will not be considered and trusted for advanced work.

This effect is pervasive and appears to be part of human nature for a long time, as evidenced by the proverb in the picture. (Picture credit biblepic.com)

If you want to experience the anit-question effect yourself, ask a team to define the term "defect." After you get past the eyerolls and puzzled looks, an interesting discussion of clarification will ensue. So much confusion about what this term means exists in almost any team. Yet, we don't talk about it because, well, everybody knows what a defect is, right?

Teams without work agreements, requirements that are missing acceptance criteria and strategic misalignment in the organization are other evidence things we don't ask about because we are supposed to already know the answers. 

A way to find new paths to value and solutions is to ask a broader or more general question. For example: Instead of asking how a user would do something we can ask why a user wants to do that thing. Broader and more general questions often are also more basic and simple.

Questions are doors to learning and growing. We need to build a learning organizations.

"The only way to win is to learn faster than anyone else." -- Eric Ries

We cannot create learning unless the stigma associated with asking questions is removed and reversed.

How do you become Agile, with short iterations, continuous delivery, emergent solutions and value seeking efforts if questions are held as a sign of weakness?
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+Daniel Markham If someone told me they only want to be a developer (which I take as meaning they just want to write code, and not try to understand what the user wants), I'd probably tell them they're in the wrong field.  Maybe pure research in some other field would be more ideal for that kind of attitude.  In my mind that's a "programmer".  Personally I haven't seen this approach work very well.

Specialization is important, and we need some people to take those deep dives.  If you want to be someone who's a machine learning expert, great.  That's useful to a new emerging segment of the population.  But at the same time, you'll still need a larger picture of what's going on to communicate with other people in the team.  We all need overlap in the Ven diagram of our skills to talk to one another, and understand each other.  If you're narrowly defined, you're an island.  
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A few shots from last night's Ignite Phoenix 18. It was a great event. I love the organizing team. Working with them is a privilege.

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This is a great, pithy analogy for how software projects are typically or historically or traditionally planned. 

What are some ways that you help your organization shift thinking so that we don't commit to the end state while we still know very little about what we need?
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This really is cleverly punny.
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Had dinner yesterday at Nicky's Thai Kitchen in the Allegheny West neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It was very tasty!

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+J. David Prior has created a powerful tool for personal improvement and getting stuff done.
 
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Here is my presentation from the 2016 Global Scrum Gathering in Orlando and the new Personal Agility Canvas. Thanks to everyone who showed up for the session. Presentation Canvas
Here is my presentation from the 2016 Global Scrum Gathering in Orlando and the new Personal Agility Canvas. Thanks to everyone who showed up for the session. Presentation Canvas
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I haven't looked at it in detail yet, but "self-saboteur" on the canvas is already a brilliant idea!
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Well, do you?

Great post by Ron Jeffries on the damage metrics of the wrong sort can do to your efforts toward Agile working. He also points out the sad state of metric use in general.

What metrics are you using? Are they useful to you? How do you decide when to stop using a metric?
This is RonJeffries.com, the combination of new articles, XProgramming, SameElephant, and perhaps even some new items never before contemplated. <br/>Copyright © 1998-2015 Ronald E Jeffries
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I saw this graphic several days ago and shared it.

It's one of those things where I think the person putting it together meant well,  and the rest of us took a bit of a cheap shot at them.

Having said that, you can't let something like that stand. Otherwise you'll just continue the insanity of people having pointless meetings, confusing little graphs with actual team execution. It's an indication of a really bad trend, and we need to continue addressing it.
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ScrumMaster is about people

There is rampant misunderstanding of the role of a ScrumMaster. Even among certified and experienced ScrumMasters, the role is not well understood.

There are reasons for this misunderstanding. Companies expect ScrumMasters to be another flavor of Project Manager, tracking stats and reporting things. The newly minted ScrumMasters go through a class all about the framework, ceremonies, flow and so on. People expect processes to improve us. There is often little emphasis on the people side of things, where it should be. (That value that says "Individuals and interactions over processes and tools" applies to Scrum as a tool.) 

If I may quote myself: Agile is about leveraging human capability as strengths instead of compensating for human capability as weaknesses. Scrum is about people. The work of the ScrumMaster is about improving people. Improving people is hard, subtle and complex work.
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+Rajith R, you are correct that the entire team should be thinking about some of these things in the list. At the same time, improvement of the team and the team's processes is the area of focus for the ScrumMaster. While the Team Members are focused on creating a quality product.

These questions are not intended to be addressed solely by the ScrumMaster. They are questions that can help the ScrumMaster see work to be done. Most of the time the ScrumMaster will need help or will be the guide, not the one doing the work.
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My "collection" of ginger beers.

I don't drink alcoholic beverages but often find myself in pubs or other places and events where such are served. Since I like the flavor of ginger, my go-to beverage at such affairs is ginger beer. Like root beer, it is non-alcoholic. Unlike root beer, it usually has a memorable zing of spiciness that I like. 
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What are your wishes and expectations?

This community has 3661 members right now. And it has 2 or 3 posts per day, at most. That is many, many people lurking!

Comment below. Why did you join? What do you wish from this community? What are your expectations? What will you do to realize these?
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Thank you for the comments! We moderators like to know how we are doing. We simply didn't think to ask before now.
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An Agile Coach with and embedded software engineering past. A father in love with his wife and family. A man on a mission to experience what I can learn next and how I can help others grow too.

I enjoy photography on the side, a somewhat neglected hobby of late. 
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Agile Coach with BigVisible Solutions, Software Engineer, Ignite Phoenix Team
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  • BigVisible Solutions
    Agile Coach, present
  • Dayley Agile, LLC
    Principal Agile Coach, 2010 - 2012
  • Smart Storage Systems
    Senior Customer Engineer, 2009 - 2012
  • Adtron Corporation
    Staff Software Engineer, 2000 - 2009
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Pocatello, ID - Idaho Falls, ID - Las Vegas, NV - Gilbert, AZ
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Episode #107 – Is Agile Faster?
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The food is delicious. I know that is what a restaurant is about, for most people. And if the food isn't good, the rest doesn't matter. Rest assured that the food here is good, very good. Chef David experiments with new and regular specials on the weekends, too. Always memorable! With the food quality already known, let me tell you my favorite thing about the place: The people. Chef David and the entire staff have attitudes of friendly service. If you come more than twice, they will become your friends. My wife and I go often enough that it feels like another home dining room. If you are looking for a quiet spot, this is not the place. It's not noisy by design, just by community and conversation. The buzz is fun! If you get a booth along the window and watch the seating area, you see people having fun and the servers feeding the joy. Try a desert, like the carrot or velvet cakes or even a hand-made ice cream and cookie sandwich. You will not be disappointed!
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