Agile Truisms (was Re: Firms Using Scrum -- Can you add more info?)
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Graeme Matthew <scrum@...> wrote:
> Petri not sure if this will help you.
> I am currently producing a scrum guide as we are about to commence a
> trial. This guide will be used by our PMO. i.e. the PMBOX process
> intranet site will direct them to this content for agile candidate
> projects. I have pasted the table of contents perhaps it will help you
> with some ideas for your slides.
> I am planning on releasing this wednesday 7th Feb to the mailing
> get peoples feedback and more importantly offer suggestions where they<snip the TOC>
> think I am speaking crap :-). I will then release this document to the
> community and hopefully they find it useful.
That looks like a solid TOC for a guide into using Scrum. I'm
certainly interested in it.
However, when introducing Agility here in SysOpen Digia, I've chosen
not to go into the details of Scrum in the first meeting or
presentation (unless the team is already committed to using Agile
methods and has a basic info on it). Instead, I've gone through the
various elements of Agile thinking and where the principles of Agility
can yield improvements in the way we approach project planning and
management (sort of like why Agility simply makes sense (and waterfall
doesn't :) ). People have been quite interested in that approach and
I've received positive feedback specifically for it (since many people
have come in expecting to hear about the practices and processes). You
have to break the waterfall thinking before people can see through
into Agility. And we are talking about long-time professionals in this
How to run a Scrum project comes when people are committed to the
ideas and it's great to have such a working framework to give them. :)
Process Improvement Manager
SysOpen Digia Plc / Telecommunications
Hämeentie 135 A, FIN-00560 Helsinki, Finland
petri.heiramo@... / +358-40-7092 526
A few comments below based on your post...
> ...and I shall henceforth consider seriously becoming more crypticHey, don't be such a hang dog. (Unless, as there usually is, more
> in hopes of attaining that lofty goal of having my ideas actually
> considered prior to their ultimate and summary rejection.
going on here than I understand.) Those ideas are generally getting
accepted. Not as fast as we would like, but faster than we have any
right to expect, given how we humans work.
>...in fact I think small steps areHear, hear! Well said.
> an inherent part of Agile. What I am not so all for is the notion of
> getting people to take some small step and then becoming complacent
> because, after all, they're better off now.
>Not explicitly. Who would, phrased like that? But de facto some take
> I hasten to add that as far as I know, no one here has taken the
> Small Step Toward Complacency position.
that position, as you are saying.
> Awaiting your negotiators, or your seconds, as you may prefer, I...collaboration over...negotiation.... Is that echoing in my ears?
> remain, yours etc., etc,