65SCRUM development in a multi-task environment
- Nov 29, 2000I am a project manager that recently started using SCRUM methodology as a
way of re-energizing and re-focussing my team on the current project.
I have found I had already been using variations of all of the SCRUM
techniques, and I was intrigued and excited by the prospect of combining all
of these techniques in a simple incremental and structured approach to the
So far the SCRUM is working out great, however the external chaos seems to
be creeping back in.
This is primarily due to the fact that our current organizational structure
relies too heavily on a multi-project multi-task basis.
Fundamentally I see SCRUM as a single project methodology only. I see the
primary driving force behind the methodology is the focussing of team effort
shielding the team from the "chaos"
I my situation where "chaos" comes in the form of multiple concurrent
projects with varying priorities, the SCRUM is starting to fall apart.
Is there any work on such scenarios or are there alternative methodologies.
I am thinking of running multiple simultaneous SCRUMS whereby the SPRINT's
are shortened to reflect the decreased time available due to multitasking,
however this approach seems contrary to the simplified focussed approach of
Any ideas would be appreciated.
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