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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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Have you heard of this new game everyone's playing? "Pokémon Go," I think is what they're calling it. I had read about it, but it really came into focus when I saw a group of people with smart phones held at arm's length wandering around the lawn outside a nearby hospital. This is a serious game with serious implications ... for agile development.

As with so many aspects of life, it only took a few days before articles started appearing on the web with advice on how to be a better Pokémon Go trainer. It was only a couple of days later we began to see ads for people willing to catch and train Pokémon for you, but we're not here to talk about PaaS (Pokémon-as-a-Service).

Instead, we're here to talk about how becoming a better Pokémon trainer can help you become a better product owner or scrum master within the agile development discipline.

I know that there are many who will see absolutely no parallels between running around the landscape chasing imaginary monsters with a smartphone and leading an agile team developing enterprise software.

I think those people haven't looked deeply enough at the process of catching and training all those pocket monsters now scattered about the landscape. The link between the two is strong, with deep lessons for scrum masters to be taken from the exercises necessary to "catch them all" in the Pokémon universe.

[See Agile vs. DevOps: 10 Ways They're Different.]

I went around the internet looking for tips on becoming a better Pokémon Go trainer and found a bunch that translate directly into ideas that will help you be a better product owner or scrum master. Out of that group, I've chosen 10 that you should be able to put to use very quickly in order to make a real impact on your next sprint.

Have you become a great Pokémon trainer? Is Pokémon Go taking over your office? I'd really like to hear about your experience with Pokémon Go -- and about all the ways that the game has helped you with your agile experience. The links are out there. Let's hit the parks and catch those Pokémon -- and the lessons they carry!

Curtis Franklin Jr. is Senior Editor at Dark Reading. In this role he focuses on product and technology coverage for the publication. In addition he works on audio and video programming for Dark Reading and contributes to activities at Interop ITX, Black Hat, INsecurity, and ... View Full Bio

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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. 
vnewman2
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vnewman2,
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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.
communityfloridajustice
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communityfloridajustice,
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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. 
sbacerra456
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sbacerra456,
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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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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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Whoopty,
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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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Joe Stanganelli,
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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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