The Yes List

I like to give give credit to folks who lend me ideas. Blogs I read, videos I watch, radio I listen to — they all fertilize the garden of my mind. Sometimes however, I don’t remember where I read / saw / head something. I’m sure this post draws heavily on an article I read somewhere, video I watched, etc but I simply can’t recall were. If you recognize the source, drop me a comment so I can thank the author :).

Difficult to Master

The Scrum Guide says that, although Scrum is “simple to understand” it is also “difficult to master.” In an organization lacking agility, building a strategy for improvement using the Scrum framework can be an overwhelming prospect. Even finding a starting point bring a defeated feeling.

Sowing, Growing, and Hoeing

To start, simply ignore (for now) the ones who are saying “no” to you. Instead take note of those who are saying “yes.” I mean this literally: write down their names and keep a “Yes List.” Think of them when you make your strategies to bring agility where there is none. Make a special effort to amplify the exposure of their good practices. Nurture agility where it is taking root. Toil selflessly to weed out the dangerous mindsets and fearful attitudes that threaten to choke out and obstruct.

An agile pioneer may be only one person, so they must sow agile principles and values in the fertile ground of their like-minded colleagues. Work the good ground of the “yes list.”

In due season, diligent leaders will reap a harvest of organizational change.



Jason is a developer, Scrum Master, writer, teacher, coach, husband, father, and community leader out of Tulsa Oklahoma. He's been delivering software since 2007 and absolutely loves the values and principles of agility especially as given form by the Scrum framework.