Todd Lankford

Autonomous. Self-organizing. Self-managing. When I hear these words, it reminds me of a magnet — a magnet for attracting responsibility.

Autonomous Scrum Teams are like powerful responsibility magnets
Strong Magnet Photo by Dan-Cristian Pădureț on Unsplash

Scrum requires this responsibility magnet to be powerful. To deliver a working product, Scrum Teams pull all responsibilities into their force field. Take this excerpt from The Scrum Guide:


Should Scrum Teams feel guilty for taking a break?
Charlie Waiting to Go Walk — Photo by the Author

Yesterday I felt guilty for walking my dogs. The guilt was self-imposed. Nobody told me I should be working instead of taking Charlie and Wilson for a walk. But there it was in my head, loud and clear.

Working remote for the last year and a half has blurred the…

Spinning Out of Control — Photo by Jonas Jacobsson on Unsplash

If you want to hear the deafening sound of utter silence, say these words to a software delivery manager:

“To increase the odds of hitting your goals, don’t push your teams to deliver by a deadline.”

Having the slightest disdain for deadlines and plans is the ultimate form of bad…

Todd Lankford

I help organizations simplify their Agile journey by building cultures to emerge better products.

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