Scrumism: “Go! Fight! Win!”

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This Scrumism didn’t originate with me, but I’ve found myself using it on pretty much on every agile engagement I do.

One of my favorite Scrum Masters was a gentleman named Jared.  Jared was one of those folks that every team hopes to get. He wasn’t just a talented Scrum Master but a pretty darn good developer, UX thinker, and all-round energetic person, as well.  As a Product Owner (PO) working with Jared, I knew he would surface issues quickly, and he wasn’t afraid to confront me if he thought I wasn’t getting something into my thick skull.  He also knew that if I made a decision as PO and that I had the facts at my disposal, then that was the decision, and the team would do their best to implement without argument.

Jared liked to end stand-ups with “Go! Fight! Win!”  This turned out to be a nice way to signal that we were done, and everybody could take off and dive into the day’s work.  Sometimes I’ve observed Scrum teams doing a stand-up where the meeting just kind of tapers off and people glance at each other trying to figure out if the meeting was ended.  I picked up “Go! Fight! Win!” from Jared, and when I’m acting as Scrum Master, or I’m running a stand-up, I like to end with a bang.

The picture below is of a Product Owner with a customer that I had the pleasure of working with.  I gave them the “Go! Fight! Win!” sign to remind them of the great fun we had on their agile journey startup (and yeah, he really is that tall).

GoFightWin-Phil

Does your team have a clear way of closing out stand-ups? Share in the comments below!

Thanks, Jared.

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