"You'd be insane to adopt scrum..." (quote from SlashDot)
Here’s an article on SlashDot today that pretty much misses the point:
There are so many missed points and inaccuracies in here that’s it’s hard to even know where to begin. Still, it’s interesting to see how the misinformed Slashdotters see Scrum.
Anyone have any idea what project is being referred to in the followup posts when the author states:
“At my company, one division used the Scrum method, and it failed, taking the division, 100 jobs, and millions of development dollars with it. The biggest problem I heard from senior programmers in other divisions was that the daily scrums encouraged people to build a great prototype to show what they would do, but there so never anything actually done. Programmers would work for hours in the morning to fix the problems identified in the prototype, make changes in the afternoon, and start again after the next scrum. Waste, waste, waste.”
That doesn’t sound much like a Scrum project; certainly not one with a ScrumMaster who had any idea how to Scrum.
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> Here's an article on SlashDot today that pretty much misses thepoint:
> http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/01/05/1712222Oh my gosh - what a hoot! I definitely must give up Scrum, it's
> There are so many missed points and inaccuracies ...
Interesting: how such clear writing can be soooo off-base... if my
next book review is this bad, please, will someone have the decency
to tell me so!
> Anyone have any idea what project is being referred to in ...taking
> "At my company, one division used the Scrum method, and it failed,
> the division, 100 jobs, and millions of development dollars withit. ...
After a little investigation, I can tell that the author of this
comment didn't work at my last employer... phew! But his note sounds
very like what came back at us from the "other" team in our
Inside our own department, Scrum was king. Scrum was brilliant. Scrum
made coming to work worthwhile. Scrum made software delivery
possible! Customers liked, the PM liked it, developers clamored to
get onto our team.
Outside our department, Scrum was seen as a dysfunctional symptom of
a maverick team of hackers: for heaven's sake, they can't be serious
about a methodology that includes NO DOCUMENTATION, for starters (a
common misconception about XP). They had no idea how much WORKING
software we had created, so it's not surprising to see comments about
how the team played with "prototypes" all day long...
THIS is why I am so big on our need to ** learn to articulate Scrum
** to our organisations. There is no use having a dynamite team
churning out software if everone around you does not understand the
value of what you do. There is no use using Scrum to mitigate and
manage risk, if everyone around you things Scrum itself is a huge
risk for the organisation.
WE MUST learn to communicate the value of Agile with non-Agilists.
Well, that's my morning rant... off to my Scrum now :-)
Have a good day, everyone,