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Re: [scrumdevelopment] Re: How to handle a team member on an agile trial project

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  • Martine Devos
    Most of us have seen that in Ken Schwaber s class did not we. Included the 59 minutes. Brad Grant wrote: of course it dawned on
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      Most of us have seen that in Ken Schwaber's class did not we. 
      Included the "59" minutes.


      Brad Grant <bradg@...> wrote:
      of course it dawned on me on the drive home where I had seen such a
      Scrum-specific method, compliments of Jean Tabaka:

      http://tinyurl.com/bgryh
      http://tinyurl.com/e3xkg

      bg

      --- In scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com, "Brad Grant" <bradg@c...> wrote:
      >
      > You may want to investigate a hands-on simulation activity with the
      > team; where the principles and techniques can be used in a
      > fun/non-threatening and constructive format.
      >
      > This is referred to "Process Miniature" in most Agile circles, and
      > would defer to other active practitioners on this group for specifics.
      >
      > Brad Grant
      > St. Louis, MO CSM (non-practicing)
      >
      > --- In scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com, "Dymond, Robin"
      > <robin.dymond@c...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Hi Graeme,
      > > 
      > > One of my techniques is to have the company buy a selection of books,
      > > hand them out to team members, and then do a weekly lunch and learn.
      > > Each team member has to read the book, and present to the team an
      > > overview of the book, and how the ideas might help us be a better
      team.
      > > 
      > > This has a number of benefits:
      > >
      > > *      It makes team members aware that there is a body of literature
      > > on the topic
      > > *      It gets team members, such as developers thinking "heads up"
      > > instead of heads down about their piece of the project
      > > *      Instead of you preaching to the team, the team members sell
      > > ideas to each other, and they take ownership of the ideas they present
      > >
      > > If you have the opportunity, interview the people who will join the
      > > project, explain that this is a different way of working, and ask if
      > > they are up for it. Allow people to self select out of the process. Do
      > > not let mgmt force people onto the team, after all this is a
      trial, you
      > > need willing/interested participants.
      > > 
      > > If you are doing a trial, then I would highly suggest going with a
      > > common team project room where everyone works, the User stories and
      > > cards are visible, etc. This gets people out of their current
      > > environment, and helps change people's thinking about work, and their
      > > team.
      > > 
      > > You will always have to be on guard for reverting back to old
      ways, make
      > > sure the user stories/use cases are well formed and lead to working
      > > software in the iteration.
      > > 
      > > cheers,
      > > Robin
      > > 
      > >
      > >       -----Original Message-----
      > >       From: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com
      > > [mailto:scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Graeme Matthew
      > >       Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 1:53 AM
      > >       To: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com
      > >       Subject: [scrumdevelopment] How to handle a team member on an
      > > agile trial project
      > >      
      > >      
      > >       Hi all
      > >      
      > >       Today after about 8 months of painstaking 'agile / scrum
      > > evangelism', the organisation has moved to action and has been backed
      > > and confirmed to trial it for our next project. This commences in
      a few
      > > weeks.
      > >      
      > >       One of my recommendations is we need a team where every member
      > > is 100% committed to srum. One area of concern is that the scrummaster
      > > may resort to going back to their bad ways (safety zone i.e waterfall)
      > > do any of you have any recommendations on how to handle a
      situation like
      > > this if / when it occurs?
      > >      
      > >       My plan for next week is to present the scrum methodology as
      > > well as lean thinking (Tom and Mary Popiendick) to the project team
      > > (about 7 people no more)
      > >      
      > >       The company IS allowing the time to prepare for the project
      > > prior to commencement (i.e how we are going to do it using scrum)
      which
      > > is good.
      > >      
      > >       Can any of you offer any other recommendations on how Scrum
      > > knowledge can be transferred to a team (who is willing to learn) who
      > > does not have the knowledge i.e is my approach wrong? I have the
      > > theoretical knowledge and some real world XP but for me this too
      will be
      > > a learning curve, but it is something that I am very dedicated to
      > > achieving.
      > >      
      > >       Lastly do you know if one can purchase any Scrum manuals
      > > (toolkits) online? as this may be a userfull as a reference prior and
      > > during the project?
      > >      
      > >      
      > >       Many thanks, please feel free to criticise my approach as it can
      > > only help
      > >      
      > >      
      > >       Regards
      > >      
      > >      
      > >       Graeme
      > >
      > >
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      Martine Devos
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