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841Re: [scrumdevelopment] A Successful XBreed/Scrum Project

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  • Linda Rising
    Jan 14, 2003
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      Way 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:

      >Dear all,
      >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
      >Open Source.
      >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
      >Business details:
      >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.
      >Technical details:
      >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,
      >- Mike
      >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
      >Email: beedlem@...
      >Web: http://www.hipaaccelerator.com
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