Hot ScrumMaster Replaces Original ScrumMaster. Yes. Yes We Can. -- Cartoon -- March 17, 2008

Welcome back to yet another week at We made it another seven or eight days on this earth — congratulations (smile).

So last week the post was a little long, and I put out some real life information that hit home hard for me. I received a ton of great feedback and people offering a lot of great advice. One thing I do want to make clear is that client was not my only client — something I have learned to not do in the past (depend on 1 client 100% of the time). As a consultant, this is a position you want to get yourself into. Really. Look at me as an example!

This week.


Where is our “old” ScrumMaster?

I kinda liked him. He was a little “off” at times; however, he started to grow on me and help with a lot of examples.

He seems to have disappeared last week.

Seems to have gotten himself whacked by some shady characters.

Oh no.

What has Tony done. What have I done?

At this point, there is now a [hot] ScrumMaster who has no problem saying, “Yes” to anything and everything asked of her.


Is this dangerous?

One word.


Notice the usage of capital letters above.


I am trying to make a point (smile).

And, you may be asking yourself, “Mike… What point are you trying to make this week?”


You do not see it?

Look hard.

Read the comic strip above again, and again, and again.

Then, send me an e-mail (or write a comment on this blog entry) about what you think it means.



Take action and do it.

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March 18, 2008

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  1. says

    Sometimes its good to say yes, but not always!

    Part of the role of a scrum master is to keep the team focused on the right thing. To do this, the scrum master sometimes needs to say no.

  2. says

    stephendoyle75: What i really got out of this cartoon was that there was a “…” after the statement. Implying some type of questioning afterward.

    Like “And if you do that, what do you think will happen for the rest of the team?”

    Also the wording of the answer doesn’t fit with any of the questions because each of those questions are asked by 1 person but impact multiple people.

    The marry me one is more obvious, however the other 2 are not so obvious.

    It happens in our organization many many times. 2 people get in a room and they ‘decide something’ and then go off and do it without being considerate of the rest of the team’s feelings on the subject.

    For example: 2 developers got together and discussed a design with the product owner. The Tester was left completely out of the discussion. They decided on a design and started implementing it. When I asked them why they did such a thing… they responded “What could a Tester possibly contribute to such a meeting?”

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