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.