3420Re: [scrumdevelopment] question regarding muliple projects against a small team
- May 5, 2004Hi Dave,
How does your company make money from the work you're doing?
Maximising cash flow - long and short term - should be the main
<jdmoorejr@yaho To: firstname.lastname@example.org
05/05/2004 Subject: [scrumdevelopment] question regarding muliple projects against a small
I'm working at getting my head around how to start using Scrum in our
little organization. I'm beset by a couple of initial challenges that I'm
hoping get your feedback/opinions on.
A little info...
We are a small custom software development shopt and currently have 5
developers each either working on a specific project that they "own", or
bouncing around helping on other projects as their time allows. We have
about 10 projects that are in maintenance mode, which is to say that the
backlog would be either periodically empty, or filled with some "hot"
items... which would hopefully be iterated over in a hurry and the be
"patched" to the current working code base. Each project is with a
different customer, represents a different code base, and possibly a
different technology. We also occassionally take on a new project whose
typical 1-2 developer lifecyle is anywhere from 3-9 months.
Some of my confusion/problems.
I think I could figure out how to form a team, create a backlog, and begin
a sprint for a new project that has a considerable amount of backlog
directly related to it.
But, I can't seem to figure out how to organize the maintenance projects
into a sprint structure that makes sense. Any ideas?
1) Do I create one team and try and divide our time amongst multiple
projects and consequently multiple (possibly shorter) sprints?
2) Do I divide the teams up, having one sort of new project team that can
more closely adhere to the Scrum 30day sprint etc guidelines, and another
project team that works against several maintenance projects with small
3) Do something completely different?
I fear I may not be giving enough information, but I didn't want to make
this email too long.
Thank you for your time!
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