German Flores

Chicago, Illinois

Goooooood moooorning 🐿

Tuesday riding is the best

My scrum facilitation sucked yesterday. I plan to make better choices today 🙂🤞

Friday Roll 😼

Happened 🤘

Running when I can

Ride when you can

Baked Goods Ride, Port Washington WI to Ootsburg, and back 🍩

Joining a Team as a Scrum Master

This week I joined a team in the Scrum facilitation role. There is so much to share about my intentions but I decided to share these key expectations.

Lake Michigan, I sometimes think about these topics while I go for a run and bicycle ride.

Hello everyone,

I look forward to supporting you in the Scrum facilitation role, as I transition to help you I want to share how I approach the Scrum facilitation these days.

For the Scrum role, I’m tasked with facilitating the Scrum, that means that you, the team understand why we have the Scrum meetings we have, e.g. Story Writing & Estimation, Daily Team Meeting, Retrospective, and Planning.

In addition, I’m tasked with helping with delivery, that means striving to deliver working software at a regular cadence and helping you plan ahead.

Lastly I’m tasked with helping you work together. That means that you have what you need to deliver working software, e.g. Priority of work, ability to deliver from idea to production, removing blockers when I can, and asking (hopefully) insightful questions.

As I join the team I will try to follow these guiding principles:

  • Do no harm, e.g. Don’t make things worse
  • Speak only when I think I can improve the situation
  • Bring a positive attitude
  • Don’t leave for tomorrow what I can do today
  • Strive for excellence in what I do
  • Support the team as best as I can
  • Assume positive intent in people
  • Act with curiosity
  • Be open to feedback

In the next few days you will see new Scrum meetings coming from me and short one-on-one sessions for us to chat individually. I look forward to supporting you in the Scrum facilitator role and learning from you.

Run home 🥵

Spring is here ☀️😎

Run. Stop. Run. 🐿

Riding while I can ☀️👖

List of values by Steve Pavlina…

Made the right choice 🚴🏾‍♂️⚡️

Out of bed and riding ⚡️

Mornings are best for riding 🍯

Back to riding my bicycle ⚡️🐌

“The Things which hurt,” Benjamin Franklin wrote, “instruct.” ― Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage

# Bill Talsma

Today I feel I missed an opportunity in not spending time with Bill. I have regret. I also have a smile when I remember Bill.

I remember Bill, as positive, easy to talk to, easy to work with, reasonable. Bill liked to share ideas and would listen to your ideas too. He really, really, loved the food court at the rotary, his go-to place for lunch.

We use to talk about his connection with Evanston and Rogers Park, places I had lived. We spoke about application design and design in general.

It’s a bummer that Bill is no longer around.

Lake Michigan, Illinois

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” – Ranulph Fiennes

the first to completely cross Antarctica on foot

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” ― Peter Drucker