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5 Big Scrum Questions – Issue 4

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This is the final issue of James Brett‘s 5 Questions. Issue 1 featured Ron JefferiesIssue 2 featured Ken Schwaber, and Issue 3 featured Mike Cohn.

In issue 4 of the five questions series we hear from Alistair Cockburn.

Alistair is a leading agile evangelist and book author and recently presented a number of sessions at the Orlando Scrum Gathering, including the “panel of 5” open discussion with the likes of Ken Schwaber, Mike Cohn, Ron Jeffries and Jim Coplien.

Alistair is currently working alongside Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland and absorbing their thoughts and ideas, some of which are un-written. Alistair is an excellent wordsmith and is hoping to articulate in more detail some of the details of Scrum and its implementation. An example of this is the term “Scrum is a mirror” which you will see Alistair refer to in his answers below. This term refers to Scrum acting as a mirror into your organisation and identifying impediments and issues that need resolutions. So without any more delay I give you Dr. Alistair Cockburn… A big thank you to Alistair for taking the time to respond so quickly.

Bio. Alistair Cockburn was voted one of the “The All-Time Top 150 i-Technology Heroes” in 2007. He is an internationally renowned project witch doctor and IT strategist, expert on agile development, use cases, project management, and object-oriented design, author of the Crystal agile methodologies, three Jolt-awarded books, co-author of the Agile Manifesto and the project management Declaration of Interdependence, and inventor of the Initial Response Technique massage form. He is known for his lively presentations and interactive workshops. His blog, poems, articles, and talks are available online at

Alistair’s answers..

Q1. Can you describe what you would consider the top Scrum enabler in an organization?

First, willingness to look into the Scrum mirror, and second, willingness to act on what it shows.

Q2. Where do you see Scrum in 5 years time?

With very many CSMs all over the world, and with an increasing bureaucracy inside the ScrumAlliance.

Q3. What has been your toughest Scrum challenge so far?

Getting people to look into the Scrum mirror.

Q4. What makes you passionate about Scrum?

I’m not particularly passionate about Scrum. I’m passionate about helping people do better. Scrum is one tool; other tools are also helpful and also needed.

Q5. What can we learn from you about Scrum?

I watch Ken and Jeff closely and try to interpret back to the community what they’re saying / doing.

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