Where’s the Magic?

Magic Hat

Magic Hat

Recently I was coaching at a large R&D facility where they are experimenting with Agile.  After listening intently to an introductory discussion about the Scrum process, a senior manager asked, “This is all very interesting, but where’s the magic?” The question set me back for a moment.  Hadn’t we just talked about how Scrum is not a silver bullet?...  that Scrum doesn’t actually solve your problems, but rather exposes them?  ... that the hard work of Scrum isn’t the process; it’s figuring out what to do about all the impediments Scrum surfaces?

The answer to his question popped out of my mouth before I had a chance to ponder it further.  “The magic is in you.”