Re: [scrumdevelopment] SCRUM of SCRUM dilemas - Request for experience sharing :-)
- Lundak, Jiri wrote:
> Hi Abrachan,Since I had the pleasure of meeting Colin yesterday, I actually
> At the recent Scrum Gathering in Minneapolis, Colin Bird of Conchango has
> presented an interesting alternative to the traditional setup of Scrum of Scrums.
> See here for his slides: http://scrumalliance.pbwiki.com/ScalingScrum
> The slides are quite self-explaining, but I am sure Colin will jump in to answer
> any questions you might have.
forwarded that mail to him :)
- Hi Abrachan,
Here's my view on your questions:On 11/29/06, Abrachan <pabrachan@...> wrote:
While dealing with larger teams and / or distributed development the
need to design the SCRUM teams arises and the following are the key
aspects to be considered;
1) Should I form a SCRUM of SCRUMs first and then go for the
creation of scrum teams?
Combining this question with #2: go for a pilot, then scale upwards. But do create a Scrum of Scrums early, to get people into the learning curve.
2) Should I go with a big bang approach where all the teams jumps
into action together or a will a pilot approach help better?
Pilot first with a few teams, I wrote on this topic with ken Schwaber, you'll find the whitepaper on the Rally website: <http://www.rallydev.com/agile_knowledge.jsp >. Nothing is stopping you from running a pilot with 4 or 5 teams, but help them to get a feel for timeboxes, delivering working software etc.
3) Who will be the SCRUM master for the SCRUM of SCRUMs. Will a
vlounteering approach work for this?. Should it be left to the team
Usually there is an obvious 'Uber ScrumMaster", somebody with the experience to pull multiple teams together, with a good insight in the technology and product, and good leadership capabilities.
4) Should I go for scrum teams spanning across geographies (add
benefits being multi cultural teams, proximity to the product owner
to atleast part of the team) OR should the SCRUM teams be
geographically bounded for better face2face communication, reduction
of time zone issues, cultural issues etc.
Interesting question, my view is to not spread teams, keep them collocated. This improves the communication between people, the less distance the easier things are. But then there is proof that a geographically spread team can be hyperproductive. If you're interested look at Jeff Sutherland's website: < www.jeffsutherland.com/scrum>.
These are some of the vital stretegic level challenges posed while
working with large distributed teams. Iam sure that someone has
experienced these challenges already. It will be really helpful if
you can share your gyan on this.
You're welcome, let me know if I can help you further. Where are you located by the way?
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