Welcome back to yet another week at www.implementingscrum.com.
And yeah, it’s been a long hiatus from my contributions to this site (by the way… for those of you who do not know… my name is Michael Vizdos and I am solely responsible for all content on this blog… it is not a huge corporate entity or machine — it is a way for the two of us to communicate).
So much has changed since starting this site in 2006. Life — both personal and professional — has changed in many ways for me.
What about you?
In trying to figure out how to get things restarted here, I thought this would be an appropriate comic strip (originally posted as https://www.implementingscrum.com/2008/04/21/up-the-creek-without-a-paddle/ years ago).
See… in all the traveling and working (on personal and professional stuff over the past few years)… I have learned that the stuff I write about and post on this site IS important and DOES have an impact.
I stopped paddling. Stopped posting. And kept watching — in amazement and awe — how this site kept growing and growing without me doing anything.
Yikes. I need to step up and start contributing once again.
Much of the “work work” I do today involves training (still — but not as much as the past!) the Certified ScrumMaster Workshop. It is an aweome experience — described as *life changing* by many attendees and has evolved dramatically.
The major shift of this training workshop is because I am seeing that most people in the industry today seem “OK” with Scrum being almost ho-hum-bla-bla-bla (well… maybe except for Jeff Sutherland, who continues to kick my ass to up my game [and probably does not know he has this impact on me]).
Scrum involves a lot of work.
This is where I am spending most of my time with work today — facilitating teams that are having a hard time with keeping the paddle moving against this never-ending tide of change resistance.
Fun stuff for me.
It is failing all over the place now… and there are a lot of blog entries dedicated to writing and discussing this.
Me… I want to focus on the positive.
And the tough stuff.
Professionally I am now at a point where I can — and DO — select my clients (as much as they select me for whatever reasons [which I am extremely grateful for!].
I am really now only selecting to work with people who WANT to be successful with using Scrum — and the other agile techniques that are also required for a successful organizational change to occur.
It takes time.
It does not happen overnight.
I am proof of that (smile).
So… Here I go again.
I’ve looked at myself and have seen and recognized that I “stopped paddling” and well… it had a lot of consequences (both good and bad).
My choice now with this site is to start paddling again and keep pushing things forward.
It starts with you and me. Just two people. We are all that matters to get things going together.
Are you ready to start again with me?
I’ll ask for feedback continually… much like a great ScrumMaster needs to do.
Time to get back in the boat.
Here we go!