53459Re: [leanagile] Scrum without a ScrumMaster
- Dec 3, 2011Thank you Andrew and Alan. I agree.
>>"explicit workflow policies so everybody knows the rules of the game so to speak of the team."I do not understand this. Is there an blog or article you can refer me to which has some practical examples of workflow policies in Scrum/Kanban?
--- In email@example.com, Andrew Pham <andrewpham74@...> wrote:
> Excellent post! We are on the same page...
> Author of *Scrum in Action**, Agile Project Management and Development in
> the Real-World*
> and of *"Business-Driven IT-Wide Agile (Scrum) and/or Kanban (Lean)
> Implementation" **(reviewed and upcoming)*
> On Sat, Dec 3, 2011 at 11:57 AM, alshalloway <alshall@...>wrote:
> > **
> > I was asked this question by a viewer of my intro to kanban webinar.
> > We are planning to use scrum with a pilot. Our company is small, so the
> > scrum team is about 5 members. We cannot assign one person for Scrum Master
> > and another one for Product Owner. Could we still apply scrum without Scrum
> > Master?
> > Do you have experiences in a similar scenario?
> > ---------------------------------
> > Yes, Scrum can still be used. In fact, Scrum is particularly useful for
> > small teams like this. I would suggest reading The New New Product
> > Development Game.
> > http://www.sao.corvallis.or.us/drupal/files/The%20New%20New%20Product%20Development%20Game.pdf
> > It is the article that inspired Scrum in the first place and provides
> > great insights.
> > I would suggest that the whoever is the current team lead now play the
> > role of the Scrum Master (assuming it isn't the Product Owner as these two
> > roles conflict at times.
> > In my mind the role of the ScrumMaster is twofold:
> > 1) help identify the challenges the team is having
> > 2) do something about them
> > The first requires the ability to step back and times and reflect. The
> > standups and retrospections are supposed to do this, but, in my mind, are
> > somewhat challenged in the ability to sustain this.
> > A way to extend Scrum and lower the need of a ScrumMaster is to have
> > explicit workflow policies so everybody knows the rules of the game so to
> > speak of the team. These can change at any time, of course - and they will
> > as you proceed down this path. This is a Kanban practice and is very
> > valuable. If you further have this explicit workflow mirrored on the Scrum
> > board (you now have a Kanban board) anyone on the team will easily see
> > impacts. This somewhat diminishes the need for a ScrumMaster, but in my
> > opinion, someone who acts as lead/coach of the team is always important.
> > Hope this helps.
> > Alan Shalloway
> > CEO, Net Objectives
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