On Mon, Mar 22, 2004 at 08:13:20AM -0500, Ron Jeffries wrote:
> I hope the group will discuss this topic a bit. I'm interested in how
> Scrum projects are tracked in real life.
Me too. :-)
> Note that I'm an XP person, not a Scrum person. Evaluate this
> accordingly, perhaps by ignoring it.
Given that best practice Scrum seems to include the XP engineering
practices, I doubt ignoring your input would be prudent. Easier and less
stressful, perhaps, but not prudent. :-)
> > 5. Have you rejected other tools in the past? If so, why?
> Yes. I believe that focus on tools takes away from the focus on the people
> and on the creation of the software. I envision a manger facing his screen
> while people are actually doing things right behind him.
Yes, good point. I've had to re-learn this several times when I start
getting feature-happy, as being a tool builder, I find myself
Do you have any ideas of what would keep a tool from becoming more
important than the people, e.g. the manager facing his screen? (Ideally
other than your extreme of no tool at all, which I respect, but for
better or worse, I have a grade tied to producing some sort of Scrum
Perhaps I'm asking too much, but I'd love to have a series of
scenarios/thought expirements that would highlight whether the tool is
becoming too much and suggest ways of keeping it in a supporting role
without sacrificing capabilities (perhaps that is impossible). I'll try
to think of some later in the day.
I like the transparency you brought up earlier of big wall charts.
Besides the no-password access, which is good, I wonder if there are
other ways for getting data back out of a tool and into the open. E.g.
printing off daily big wall charts (mentioned in an XP book?), assuming
you have the hardware. Projectors come to mind, but I don't imagine you
could have one running all day.
> > 7. Would you be interested in offering feedback on beta releases of
> > the tool?
> Yes. And my associate Chet Hendrickson is working on a book about tools for
> agile processes. He would probably be interested as well.
Cool, thanks for mentiong that. I'll send a note to Chet as well.