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Scrum - always better to go first

I remember in (elementary, middle, high, college, university) school that I hated to go first. It did not matter what it was I just hated it. Think of it as the leadoff hitter in baseball. (which turns out to be a good place to be)

What I just realized, after being on a scrum call with my client and their entire development team, is that I want to go first. By going first there is a psychological edge that you are the one that everyone else if following. If someone says that they implemented 'X' and you also implemented 'X' it's better to be #1 instead of +1.

In today's call it appears that the code is forking and efforts are being duplicated. #1 might be tasked to continue as-is where +1 will likely be seen in a me too position and that person is likely to be reassigned.

So unless you do not like your work... be #1.

The same can be said for bad news but that's a story for another day.


  1. Why are you doing scrum anyway? I thought you didn't like scrum

  2. I do not like scrum but I'm participating because my client insists. Currently the content of the scrum is pretty vague and uninteresting. I do not suspect that it will get any better but it makes management happy. So for the moment...

  3. I'm putting a no scrum clause in my contracts

  4. I wish that was an option. But if you have to... always better to go first.

  5. I used to love school!

    In any case, I just read your thread with you and Jordan and I really feel sorry for you for being forced to use Scrum! I agree about your point of view about Scrum.


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