The Japanese have gifted many management principles and practices to the world — Kaizen, Kanban, Ringi, Nemawashi. The Agilists have extracted one more — Shu Ha Ri, from Aikido (a Japanese martial art).

Aikido, describes 3 overlapping phases of learning and development of a student of the martial art.

Shu…

Organizations transforming to agile use every possible by the book method to succeed — involving transformation consulting firms, appointing scrum masters, agile coaches, purchasing fancy tools etc. But they forget one simple requirement — Trusting your Scrum Team.

To me, once you have recruited highly qualified developers and scrum masters…

All previous notions of documentation have to be discarded while transitioning to agile. This is not as simple as it looks. Organizations are deeply entrenched in a waterfall model to the point where stakeholders view documentation artifacts as indicators of project health and progress. …

As a consultant for organizations trying to increase their agility, I often have to explain the importance and role of the Scrum Master. My standard go to source has always been the Scrum Guide (scrum.org) and articles by thought leaders in this space. …

Vinayak Nagarajan

Agile Coach, Scrum Master, Organization Change Agent

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