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7/24/2016
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10 Agile Tips From Pokémon Go Coach Training

Pokémon Go players want to improve and become better trainers. The same tips that help you catch more Pokémon can help you become a better scrum master. We caught 10 of those pointers that can be applied to leading an agile team developing enterprise software.
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Visit A Walk-Through Site

One of the top tips for beginning trainers is to visit a walk-through site -- one of the many sites that lets you walk through challenges and battles without risking your collection of Pokémon or your point total. This translates very easily into the world of agile: Visit a walk-through site = get trained.



(Image: Peggy_Marco via Pixabay)

Visit A Walk-Through Site

One of the top tips for beginning trainers is to visit a walk-through site -- one of the many sites that lets you walk through challenges and battles without risking your collection of Pokémon or your point total. This translates very easily into the world of agile: Visit a walk-through site = get trained.

(Image: Peggy_Marco via Pixabay)

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Michelle
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Michelle,
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7/29/2016 | 5:09:40 PM
Only the finest AR reporting
This is the best article about Pokemon Go + agile I have read (yet, the craze is still raging). I know I can always count on Curt to offer up the best advice from augmented reality. 
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7/27/2016 | 6:11:27 PM
Re: Shaking Up Your Team
You make an interesting point.  My team does a lot of cross-training, which is nice, but it is impossible to be an expert in everything.  What I detest is being sent on a task because I happen to be the person "available" and not necessarily someone who could most efficiently solve the problem or address the issue.  I think that makes everyone in the department look bad.
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7/26/2016 | 5:05:01 PM
Pokemon
Very nice article havent thought about comparing pokemon to other fields as a means to explain process and structure. 
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7/25/2016 | 8:21:15 PM
Shaking Up Your Team
You have to really be careful if or when you decide to "shake up your team." It isn't always wise to mix up the tasks that you give to individuals on your team. A good manager knows her/his teammates particular strengths and allows those individuals to maximize their skills in those areas by assigning them those tasks. That leads to greater productivity and employee satisfaction. Assigning tasks that someone is not as proficient in can only lead to frustration for themselves and their teammates. That being said, by all means shake up the people on your team by trading people with like skills between teams. This will keep people involved in the projects they are assigned and excited about their contributions to the future of the company.
Susan Fourtané
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7/25/2016 | 1:53:17 PM
Creative comparison
This was a very creative comparison. I haven't spent one minute thinking about Pekémon Go. I would like to know if more enterprise people have found these or other similarities as well. 

-Susan
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7/25/2016 | 7:35:22 AM
Pokémon Go!
The more articles where I can legitimately justify reading them while indulging my interest in Pokémon Go, the better. Keep them up!
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7/24/2016 | 12:31:40 PM
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Re: #2, "Do Whatever Task Is Required"

Ultimately, the sublesson here comes down to: "What is it worth to you."

In Pokemon Go, some people just want the game to be about collecting the Pokemon.  They don't want to hassle of strengthening their collection beyond adding to it.  That aspect is not fun to them.  They've put a value on their time and, as per their cost analysis, they've determined it's not worth it.

Same thing with software development -- and, really, anything in business in any industry (indeed, agile and scrum are increasingly being adopted in non-software contexts/environments).  Sometimes, you may run into a problem that is substantial enough that it may actually be more cost-effective to call it quits or find an alternative.

Or, as the old Zen saying goes, "No matter how far you are down the wrong road, turn back."
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