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#15: Answering Questions from Quora with Brian Milner

August 31, 2022     36 minutes

Brian takes some of the most popular questions about Scrum from and answers them.


If you are unfamiliar with it, is a site people in the technology industry go to to ask and answer questions. For a change of pace, I decided to take a batch of the most popular questions from the site and provide my own answers to them. If you have questions you’d like to include in a similar episode in the future, make sure to email them to


Listen now to discover: 

01:14 Brian explains the premise behind this episode’s topic

02:25 Question 1: Why do iterations in Agile start from Wednesday to Tuesday rather than Monday to Friday?

09:00 Question 2: Are Burndown charts even useful?

16:14 Question 3: Who decides sprint duration in a Scrum project?

18:50 Question 4: As a Scrummaster, how do you deal with people being late or refusing to come to Daily Scrums?

24.32 Question 5: Can a User Story be used for bugs?

26:54 Question 6: Can Agile work without a Scrummaster?


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Join us next time where we will be discussing the topic of Quality with our guest Mitch Lacey. 


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This episode’s presenter is:

Brian Milner is SVP of coaching and training at Mountain Goat Software. He’s passionate about making a difference in people’s day-to-day work, influenced by his own experience of transitioning to Scrum and seeing improvements in work/life balance, honesty, respect, and the quality of work. 

Show edited by Rhett Gill.