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Justin Self


The idea behind every framework is to implement recognizable and consistent workflows and processes, identify a common

vocabulary and theme, and establish a set of understood rules and boundaries. Scrum, as an Agile development process framework,

provides great transparency in the development process and can help teams communicate more effectively and gain trust in each

other. However, things can get frustrating when team members violate the very basic principles and try to make their own


We’ve all seen it. And if you haven’t seen it, image playing a game that your friends call football but instead of using the

pigskin, you must ride around on bicycles and try to throw a giant hula-hoop around the uprights. Sure, that game might be fun,

but it isn’t football and trying to call it football will only tick off those who really understand what football is.

This talk is going to explore 7 ways of misusing Scrum, violating principles, changing rules and being just plain wrong that will

tick off other Scrum developers and leave them looking for greener pastures.


Justin Self proudly declares himself a developer teammate. He is not a rock star. He is not a mad scientist. He’s not a

midnight coder and he’s not the center of attention (well, sometimes he tries to be). Instead, he is dedicated to making teams

better by being a better teammate and helping those around him grow. His love of creating better software is seconded only by his

passion to help others make better software. He is a Believer and family man, originally from Tyler, TX and lives in Spring, TX

with his wife and newborn son.

Recorded At:

AgileDotNext Houston 2014

Sponsored By:

Improving Enterprises

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