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Before attending the session, it is strongly *recommended* to visit this page: https://seattlescrum.com/Why-Scrum-Isnt-Making-Your-Company-Very-Agile/
to watch the video and download a free Comic Book.
Michael James (MJ), was selected as a Scrum Trainer in 2006 by one of Scrum's original proponents, Ken Schwaber. MJ has helped countless organizations in many countries, created the world's most popular online learning resource for Scrum, the most successful illustrated distillation of Scrum's definition, and the Scrum Master Checklist (https://scrummasterchecklist.org), referenced in books by at least four other Agile authors.
MJ is a software process mentor, team coach, and Scrum trainer with skills in Product Ownership (business), Scrum Mastery (facilitation), and the development team engineering practices (TDD, refactoring, continuous integration, pair programming) that allow Scrum to work. MJ has been involved with LeSS (Large Scale Scrum) longer than anyone else on the US West Coast. He is a recovering "software architect" with programming experience back to the late 1970s, and including control systems for aircraft and spacecraft. If you have been an airline passenger, you have probably already used MJ's software.
Volunteers have found MJ's work useful enough to translate into Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, German, Polish, French, Russian, Dutch, Portuguese, Korean, Vietnamese, Czech, Hebrew, Latvian, Serbian, and Turkish.
We often hear that the Agile approach to multi-team development is to pre-divide products into small independent pieces for different teams to work on, perhaps using implementation approaches such as microservices and coordination approaches such as "Scrum of Scrums." This advice illustrates widespread blind spots in the Agile coaching and training community. We will challenge those in this online discussion.
To get the most out of this session, we suggest reading the comic book that went viral Why “Scrum” Isn’t Making Your Company Very Agile, How Misconceptions About The Product Owner Role Harm Your Organization, And What To Do About It. This is available in nine languages at
We will do a limited amount of Q&A. If possible, send us your discussion points beforehand.