841Re: [scrumdevelopment] A Successful XBreed/Scrum Project
- Jan 14, 2003Way to go, Mike! Congratulations!
The more I read about complexity theory, the more I see Scrum: a few
simple rules that generate complex structures. Exciting stuff.
Mike Beedle wrote:
>As many of you know I started another company,
>Hipaa Acccelerator, http://www.hipaaccelerator.com,
>about a year and a half ago, that is solely dedicated
>to solve Hipaa Privacy problems.
>Hipaa Privacy problems are intersting enterprise
>problems because they almost always require
>many projects to be managed and delivered
>concurrently. For example, Hipaa Privacy mandates
>reports of PHI (protected health information),
>and Disclosure Accounting reports, that must access
>data throughout the enterprise, and coordinate
>business processes often involving dozens of people
>for approval, escalation, investigation, delegation,
>management, routing, retrieval, etc.; for even
>a single request.
>Each client implementation needs to be deployed while
>many other things change like:
> - changes in Hipaa Privacy and State laws
> - changes in the systems to be integrated with
> - changes in business processes (policies
> and procedures), typically coming from legal
> and/or business process owners
> - etc.
>and couple with the normal changes and
>uncertainties found in every project like:
> - staff overturn and staff absorption
> - staff mentoring/training in both the business
> domain and the technology
> - changes in technology i.e. development environment
> and deployment tools and versions, etc.;
> - changes in design
> - refactoring
> - etc.
>all of which were very significat in our case. To
>make it ever more challenging, the government
>mandated deadline is 4/14/2003, requiring every
>project to be a "little miracle".
>To cope with the above uncertainty and change, we
>decided to use XBreed -- a combination of Scrum, XP,
>Open Source and Alexanderian practices for every
>client installation (More at: http://www.xbreed.net
>Yes, I know, the XBreed site needs urgent updating...
>but I am too busy in the trenches to keep it up to
>date. Besides that I don't sell software methods
>or "general software development consulting" -- I
>only sell Hipaa Privacy solutions these days :-)
>Btw, XBreed, means "cross breed" not "extreme breed",
>and it was inspired by the similar concept in genetics
>which literally means a thing with the natural
>selected genes of XP, Scrum, Alexanderian and
>Today, I am glad to report that once again, Scrum,
>with the extensions that we call XBreed, has helped
>us deliver to production one of the most challenging
>projects I had ever dealt with in my 20+ years of
>The project involved about 20 people, 5 which were
>developers, 3 testers, 5 system people, 3 full time
>users, 1 scrum master, 1 product owner, 2 sponsors,
>etc. It will be deployed to ~3000 thousand
>users throughout the State of Idaho.
>The application fulfills just about every requirement
>for Hipaa Privacy compliance, as well as all the
>state law preemptions for the State of Idaho.
>The application is a 130-screen j2ee web-based
>application, using servlets, EJBs, JSPs, etc.; and
>works with a DB2 and SQL server. And it includes
>rule-based workflow, document management, an LDAP
>role-based security among other things.
>There is no doubt that without the power of Scrum,
>that gave us constant feedback and with that a
>fresh new "context" where to apply patterns on a
>daily basis, a constant oppportunity for
>self-organization and re-prioritization of tasks,
>and the fabric of a cooperative culture that allowed
>us to freely and constantly exchange knowledge, we
>would have never got to where we are here today.
>I am as always proud to be a Scrum practitioner; yet,
>I am still intrigued and mystified about the
>simple but powerful powers of this Scrum thing.
>How can something so simple be so powerful?
>As fascinating as the why might be, in the end
>who cares!! ... it surely works,
>Michael A. Beedle Ph. D.
>CEO, Hipaa Accelerator, Inc.
>2275 Half Day Rd. Suite 350
>Bannockburn, IL. 60015
>Office: 847-821-2631 Cell: 847-840-9890
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