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50250Re: [scrumdevelopment] Break from sprinting - a strategy sprint

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  • Charles Bradley - Scrum Coach CSM PSM I
    Feb 3, 2011

      I tend to favor such practices, though I prefer they be done incrementally, and pretty much continuously.

      Similar concepts:
      1.  Google's 20% time

      2.The P/PC balance from the "7 Habits" literature
      http://www.refresher.com/!habits.html >

      The balance of "production" and "production capability"

      The Seven Habits are habits of effectiveness. Effectiveness lies in the balance of production of desired results, and the production capability to achieve those desired results; what the author describes as the principle of "P/PC Balance".  Correctly maintaining this balance is often a difficult judgment call; however, failure to do so will jeopardize either one or the other, or both of the elements in the ratio with varying degrees of personal and/or organizational dis-harmony.  An example that comes to mind would be the running down of an organization's human and/or physical assets (production capability) to inflate earnings per share (production) in the short term. 

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      3.  Slack Time

      I think all of these concepts apply directly to software development, Scrum, and specifically the [Scrum] Development Team's right and responsibility to self organize.

      Charles Bradley, CSM, PSM I
      Experienced Scrum Coach
      My blog: http://scrumcrazy.wordpress.com/

      From: Ron Jeffries <ronjeffries@...>
      To: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thu, February 3, 2011 7:10:48 AM
      Subject: Re: [scrumdevelopment] Break from sprinting - a strategy sprint


      Hello, bennyou.cpt1. On Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at 1:16:42 PM,
      you wrote:

      > I would like to get the communities opinion on the following:
      > Assuming that after implementing Scrum the team becomes
      > self-managing and becomes hyper productive and all that good stuff.

      > Delivering sprint in and sprint out can almost cause content
      > fatigue. The team becomes so engaged in developing on the same
      > project or product that they sometimes lose site of the bigger
      > picture architecturally.

      > Has anyone else ever tried or considered breaking in between a
      > long set of sprints and just regrouping with some sort of strat sprint?

      > What is the communities thoughts on this?

      I have heard of teams who did this sort of thing and found it quite
      useful. I would have no problem with it.

      Ron Jeffries
      Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself.
      (I am large, I contain multitudes.) --Walt Whitman

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