This week marks the Jewish New Year. The ending of one year, and the beginning of a new one. Traditionally people make their wishes for the new year, and commit to New Year's resolutions.

Happy Jewish New Year

Most commonly people commit to making actions that may promote their wishes: I want to become a better person; I want to be healthier; I want to make fewer bugs; I wish my projects would end on time.

And then what? Did you ever make your own New Year's resolutions? How much of it sustained until the following year? Until the following month?

If you are one of the fortunate ones to keep their resolutions for longer terms, you can probably skip to the last section of this post.

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Originally posted by Ilan in fostnope.com  

Ritalin pills - Is Scrum the Ritalin for organizations?

I attended a conference on ADHD recently, and, while I discovered that probably I, too, suffer from some form of ADHD, it occurred to me that many organizations I work with, and worked at, also suffer from organizational ADHD.

What follows in this blog post is describing what is ADHD and some of its symptoms of ADHD in humans, their manifestation in organizations, and how agility may serve as a treatment.

To begin with, ADHD is not something you cure. It is something you learn to live with, sometimes to the extent that the well-being of the individual (or the organization) is not impacted by ADHD. At others, it is something one must be aware of, and accept its limitations and drawbacks. What more, there are some qualities that significantly define the population of individuals with ADHD – they are pleasers, keen to succeed, tend to be artistic and creative, and more. I wish to hypothesize that organizations with ADHD also have such collective qualities – but this requires further analysis.

A disclaimer

This blog post is what it is – a blog post. By no means does this attempt to be a scientific work, nor is it based on extensive empirical data. It is based on my own experience, with my own subjective analysis, and lame insights.

A reader's initial response is likely to be 'surely not our organization'. And yet, let me share some of my thoughts following the conference. Please revisit your original thoughts after reading the entire post.

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One of the first thing they tell us about stories, is that they should be valuable.  That’s what  the ‘V’ in INVEST stands for:

Taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/INVEST_(mnemonic):

V – Valuable - A user story must deliver value to the end user.

That suggestion usually sits quite well with business side people, which nods in agreement when they hear this, but generally raises a few skeptical eyebrows over at the technical side of the room. Which soon turn it into the following question:

So how should we deal with all the technical things that we need to do and have no direct value to the end user? Things like replacing our DB technology, working on infrastructure, or building some inner development tools?

A very good question indeed.

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Taken from the Scrum guide:

The Scrum Master is responsible for ensuring Scrum is understood and enacted. Scrum Masters
Do this by ensuring that the Scrum Team adheres to Scrum theory, practices, and rules.
The Scrum Master is a servant-leader for the Scrum Team. The Scrum Master helps those
Outside the Scrum Team understand which of their interactions with the Scrum Team are helpful
And which aren’t. The Scrum Master helps everyone change these interactions to maximize the
The value created by the Scrum Team. 

So Here's a question: Is the Scrum Master (SM) a leader?

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Dear Director / VP / CEO,Everything counts

This is an open letter to you, especially if you are involved in Program Management, R&D, Product Management or otherwise delivering products.

In this blogpost I want to share with you what it feels like to be working on a large, intensive, feature-rich program. Of course, most of you reading this blog-post, like myself, have been there before. Just that we tend to forget what it is like being a programmer or a tester or a teammate in general (much like that as parent we sometimes forget what it is like being a child).

I am doing this by referring to a popular song that describes similar feelings very vividly.

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