I think Nina gets the idea.
It is NOT a test of whether a team is doing Scrum well. It is whether
one team is possibly doing something like Scrum (ie, a fair chance
that they are not doing Waterfall and calling it Scrum, and a fair
chance that they are not doing Cowboy Agile and calling it Scrum).
It is to keep away from the worst smells.
If you don't have a pitcher, if you don't call an out after 3 strikes,
you are NOT playing baseball. Those questions don't say whether you
are playing baseball. And certainly not whether you are playing at a
major league level.
Little Test: I will of course in my head use a Little Test to judge
whether the teams I am working with a doing it "well enough for now".
But I would never publicly declare a Little Test. I think it has to
come from user firms. I welcome additional tests, such as the Exxon
Mobil test or the IBM Test or the Sam's Web Design Test, etc. And one
hopes they will listen to smart folks like you all in constructing
I think that Tobias and Peter and Nina raised some good issues. No
test would be perfect (in my opinion), and certainly the Nokia Test is
not perfect. Imperfection does not void its usefulness in some
contexts. If you wait for perfection, you will wait too long.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org
, "Nina Niskanen"
> 2008/6/1, Tobias Mayer <tobias.mayer@...>:
> > Does anyone actually know if Nokia are really doing Scrum? My
> > that if Nokia see so little value in the empirical nature of
Scrum as to
> > exclude it from their survey then they are probably not.
> Yes, they are doing Scrum.
> And a +1 to Peter. According to what info has been published and
> talked about in miniseminars here in Finland (the birthplace of
> Nokia), the Nokia test is hardly even the tip of the iceberg regarding
> Nokias agile adoption. To me at least the Nokia test is very
> indicative of whether or not a team is at all agile. They might get
> top scores with the test and still not do agile very well, but they
> are still agile/IID. That's the other thing; if memory serves me
> correct, the test is not to indicate, whether the team is doing Scrum,
> but whether the team is doing agile/IID.
> I reject your reality and substitute my own.