People often ask why they should work on a Scrum team if their companies base rewards on individual efforts. This raises the question, how does Scrum help the individual?
Thanks to everyone who attended my workshop at SQE Agile Development Practices 2009 in Orlando titled “Practicing ScrumBut: Ensuring Project Failure” and special thanks to Cory Foy for coming up from Tampa to do the workshop with me.
I am always amazed when I ask people what they think the job of a manager is. I get answers like “to tell people what to do” to “stay out of the way” to “do my performance review” to “lead”.
The last one is always of interest to me. Do companies hire managers or do they hire leaders?
Agile is about collaboration and cross functionality. There are no heros on Agile teams. How, then, do the hero's in your company fit in an Agile team or project? Putting them full time on the project may impact other projects because the expertise is taken offline. Further, it may cause the persons morale to dip and leave your company, going to a competitor. That is bad. What about when we find that we need a SME (or hero) on your project, but only in a limited or short term capacity? How do you structure your team?
I wrote a paper for the 2007 PMI Global Congress in Atlanta on Agile Transition. Part of the paper covers the Agile Manifesto. As I began researching and writing about it, I found that I had gaps in the historical data on the web. I was fortunate enough to interview Jim Highsmith, Ward Cunningham and Ken Schwaber via telephone to get a better understanding of how the Agile Manifesto came about.
Mixing Scrum and Waterfall will provide you an interesting mix... This is one of my older MSDN posts from August, 2006. Enjoy. :)
One of the things I love about XP (this is a principle of Scrum also) is the concept of Sustainable Pace. Ron Jeffries aptly documents this on his site in the following text:
Growing up, I had a dream of being a photographer. I didn’t know why I was drawn to it, but it was something I wanted to do. I bought my first camera when I was 10 years old – it was a Kodak Disc camera. My second camera was a Konica TC Autoreflex – it was my first real camera. I worked a summer for my dad at the wonderful rate of $2.50 per hour – I thought it was good for 11 years old. As I got older, I became more into photography.
The daily standup meeting, or daily scrum, often does not get the respect it deserves. Done correctly, daily standup meetings keep everyone on the same page for the daily deliveries and moving as one toward the sprint goal.