Live Meetup with Daniel Mezick

Event Details

Addicted to Certainty: Why your Scrum Kinda Stinks!

When: July 12, 2023  5:30 – 7:30pm Est
Where: HQ, 131 Middlesex Turnpike Burlington MA


Your Scrum is less than perfect because humans have a great need for certainty. Especially executives and engineers. Engineers and executives are alike in this way: they are both paid for RIGHT ANSWERS. People in these roles are addicted to certainty. This need for certainty explains why an “A-B-C” story and “A-B-C” (waterfall) frameworks are so very popular. It also explains those 20 non-Scrum meeting you must attend every week. The addiction to certainty explains a lot.

Meanwhile, actual 100% certainty is…impossible to achieve. But we actually pretend that we can do it. We can’t. Your Scrum must address this issue to be successful. By addressing this issue your Scrum can become 2X, 3X, or even 10X better!

In this session, you will learn:

  1. What you can do to recognize and manage the addiction to certainty
  2. Why engineers and executive decision-makers are allergic to uncertainty, and how this causes some very big problems for your Scrum, inside and outside of your Scrum Teams
  3. Four specific steps you can take to improve your Scrum: by recognizing and then directly addressing and managing the need for certainty.

Each participant receives a useful PDF checklist-tool for addressing and managing the need for certainty as expressed by your stakeholders and team.


DANIEL MEZICK is an author, executive and Agile coach, and keynote speaker. He is the formulator of OpenSpace Agility. He is the author of THE CULTURE GAME, a book describing sixteen patterns of group behavior that help make any team smarter. The book is based on five years of experience coaching 119 Agile teams across 25 different organizations. Daniel’s client list includes CapitalOne, INTUIT, THE HARTFORD, CIGNA, SIEMENS Healthcare, Harvard University, and many smaller enterprises. Learn more and contact Daniel at