This post was originally published here.
I rediscovered a great article that helped my old Scrum team to refine and improve our daily stand-ups:
Most of the smells mentioned manifested themselves at one time or another, but frequent abuses included:
- Reporting to the Leader
- Stand-up Meeting Starts the Day… Late
- I Can’t Remember
- Problem Solving
I only found this article the first time after our 10th sprint or so, unfortunately. So many activities and artifacts, whether it’s a process, project management, developing, code, etc. have recognizable smells, it can be difficult to recognize these smells when they exist.
I think I need a new general, all-encompassing smell of “smell ignorance”. That’s when you don’t know the smells of a particular area, and not knowing the smells limits your ability to improve and succeed.