Bob Lieberman's Blog

Commentary and Tools For Empowering Change

The view from the other side of retirement

I’m semi-retired now...

I take work only when I feel I have something to contribute, when my responsibility is limited to instigating, mentoring, and facilitating, and when I like and respect the people I will be working with.

Here’s a summary of my most recent engagement:

  1. Six hours observing Scrum team ceremonies
  2. Two hours writing report of findings and recommendations
  3. One hour follow-up discussion 

My recommendation was, essentially, to hire two people — an experienced scrum master and product owner — to run existing teams and to train and model for those poor souls who were thrown into the deep end of the pool.

Never heard from the client again.

Sure, it could be me, but I don’t think so. I think that the client simply can’t or won’t walk the talk. Ever heard that one?

Before engaging, I wish that senior managers would do some serious introspection and decide how far they and their company are really prepared go.

Inhabiting The Creative Space

The simple abstract diagram below depicts the activity space for creating something new. 

Every point in the space represents a necessary activity, which is characterized along two axes: REALISM (Blue Sky vs. Down To Earth) and CONCRETENESS (Mind vs. Body). 

The Agile Journey: Creativity Needs Protection

Creative work flourishes when talented professionals are given clear objectives and empowered to do their best. Enlightened stakeholders sign up for that adventure and agree to indulge any unfamiliar processes and practices that it entails.

The Agile journey is such an adventure – exciting, exhilarating, and profoundly successful. That is, until the sh*t hits the fan...

Scrum: A Race to the Bottom?

I had an interesting discussion with a colleague a while back. He believes that unless a Scrum team consists of high-performers, its collaborative practices will degrade its performance to the lowest common denominator. Do you agree?