A Daily Scrum Koan

A Developer visits a Master and finds his Way to Enlightenment.

Digital art of a developer talking with a Zen Buddhist master
A developer and a Zen master. Image generated with AI by DALL-E.

A Developer went to see a Master, and said: “Master, we are doing this ritual every morning and I do not know what it is for.”

The Master asked: “What is the ritual?”

“Me and my peers are standing in a circle and we answer the Three Questions. But after that, I am none the wiser.”

“You need to ask a Fourth Question”, said the Master.

The Developer asked, “What question?”

But the Master did not speak. He looked down into a small pool of water that was right at their feet, as it had just rained.

The Developer looked into the pool and saw the Master’s reflection.

At that moment, the Developer was Enlightened.

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This topic is continued in Scrum and the Road to Enlightenment.

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