Adam Weisbart

Adam Weisbart

Adam Weisbart’s humorous approach to the serious work of organizational change helps teams and individuals break out of old patterns and discover new ways to improve. His belief that hard work need not be a somber affair infuses everything he does.

Adam started his career as a software developer and went on to build a successful development firm in the early days of the web. Later, as an engineering manager in Silicon Valley, he came to terms with the fact that he was a relentless control freak. Thankfully, he discovered agility and liberated his teams. He has focused on mentoring high performing self-organizing teams ever since.

Today, Adam uses his personal experience of making the leap from traditional management to Scrum to help organizations make the same transition. He is the creator of Build Your Own Scrum (, and the evil mastermind behind the retrospective-in-a-box subscription service Recess ( His popular video “Sh!t Bad Scrum Masters Say” has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times — showing us all what NOT to do when adopting Scrum.

Adam is a Certified Scrum Trainer who teaches both Certified ScrumMaster and Product Owner courses around the world, regularly speaks at conferences, coaches teams, and helps people he hasn’t gotten a chance to meet yet through his podcast Agile Answers.

If you’d like to discover how to use Adam’s techniques to make your retrospectives hilariously awesome, you can grab a free copy of Adam’s Agile Adlibs for use in your next retro


Are you robbing your team of the chance to self-organize by being “helpful”?
Even with the best intentions, you may be.
Take my wife Erin for example… She’s fantastic. We met in San Francisco while she was finishing her PhD in molecular biology (read: she’s smarter than me), and she’s an amazing mom to our two-year-old.

About Best Agile Articles Project

Best Agile Articles is a collaborative project of the Agile community to bring you the best of the best publications each year. Our goal in publishing these yearly editions is to cull through the many articles that are published each year and provide you with a curated set of high-quality articles that capture the latest knowledge and experience of the agile community in one compact volume.
Our purpose is twofold. First, we understand that it’s hard to figure out where to go when looking for ideas and answers. There are thousands of blogs, videos, books and other resources available at the click of a mouse. But that can be a lot to sort through. So, we thought we could be of some help. Second, we wanted to bring some visibility to many people who are doing outstanding work in this field and are providing helpful resources. We hope that this publication will help them connect to you, the ones they are writing for.
Our intention is that this publication is to be by the agile community as a service to the agile community and for the agile community. With that in mind, we pulled together a great group of volunteers to help get this work into your hands.

The articles in this volume were selected by:
• A diverse Volunteer Committee of sixteen people with expertise in a variety of areas related to agile.
• The agile community. A call for article nominations went out in early 2020 and several dozen 2019 articles were nominated by the community.

The articles themselves cover a wide variety of topics including organizational structure, culture, and agile leadership. There is something for almost everyone here. All editions of the Best Agile Articles publication are available on Amazon and free to download on the Best Agile Article site.
We are thankful for the great participation by the agile community at large. If you would like to participate in delivering this publication in future years, we would welcome hearing from you.

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