The Japanese word Senshi (戦士) means soldier, warrior, guardian, fighter. You might find amusing that the name of this site is Scrum warrior, but that is just how it feels. As a solutions developer who became a Scrum master after many projects and years of experience, and over a year and a half of full-time dedication to Agile and Scrum, I feel like I’m still a humble beginner. I might have the certifications, have read many books or even participated in projects using the Scrum framework, but nothing really prepared me to deal with so many questions to which you don’t always have the answer. That is why I have decided to create Scrum Senshi; in order to speak out, and hopefully get some useful feedback from the community, as we all have the same goal: productivity and quality of work through good practices.
I have been an advocate of Scrum ever since I first heard of it many years ago. At first I thought it would just be a nice complement to my developer experience, therefore I got certified as a Scrum master, Product owner, and later on as a Scrum professional, all of them with Scrum alliance. I participated for some years in pseudo-Scrum driven projects, but efficient changes require a huge amount of effort and, as we all very well know, they cannot happen overnight.
I became a full-time Scrum master to do what a Scrum master is supposed to do, but nothing could really prepare me for reality: dealing with all kind of different mindsets, struggling with time, endless meetings, definitions, trying to champion process and tools, reporting, epic tracking… and despite it sounds challenging, it’s quite the opposite. The variety of minds within the team is simply beautiful and exciting, we just need to make Scrum our ally and not our enemy. I am about to leave my current company for a new professional opportunity leaving things (in my opinion) in a good position and with a team that I’m really proud of, moving in the right direction towards self-sufficiency and with brilliant managers that will make sure that all their efforts made so far and the ones they still need to go through pay off.
In here, though, I want to be able to reflect freely and in an abstract (but never impersonal) way, all my needs, thoughts, struggles and victories I will have along the way. There are many, many topics I want to cover overtime. I’m not the best of writers and neither my English is completely proficient, but I promise I’ll do my best to express my world. And, of course, I hope you’ll provide some constructive feedback.
Welcome to Scrum Senshi. Because we all need an Agile hero.