Re: Issues i'm going through with Scrum / Sprints. I need some advice and help!
Wolfgang, you have it exactly right. We also have lots of situations
where one scrum team works on multiple projects. The key is the single
Product Owner who can take all of the chaos and confusion and conflict
between the multiple projects and products, and their customers,
somewhere far away from the team.
And after that, you have to do scrum correctly. You can do it just by
reading the book and being careful (that's what I originally did), but
that's the hardest way. Getting training helps, and getting coaching
helps even more.
Well, full disclosure, now that I'm a coach I of course think coaching
is a great idea. :-)
Good luck, jbb, and don't give up. It will take a while, but your
situation can be handled to everybody's benefit.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Wolfgang Schulze Zachau"
> Hi JBB,
> responding to you and the other posts on this thread.
> Although ideally one Scrum team should tackle one project, there is in
> reality very little holding you back from tackling several projects
> team. We do it. The biggest issue in this situation is to find a SINGLEdev team.
> product owner, who has the final word on the priorities on the product
> backlog. Otherwise you end up in between all the chairs with your
> In your particular situation I would apply Shu-Ha-Ri. Buy the booksfrom Ken
> Schwaber (the two early ones, not the one on Scrum in theEnterprise), maybe
> also Mike Cohn's book on agile estimations, make the scrum masterand the PO
> read them and then follow them to the letter for the first, say, 5-8make
> sprints. If you need a shorter cycle time, that's not a problem, but
> sure you adjust all your timeboxes with the same ratio. Example: for ameeting
> sprint duration of 2 weeks instead of 4 weeks, the sprint planning
> should consist of 2 x 2 hour phases, same goes for the sprint review andrules).
> retrospective. This is the Shu phase (learn the rules and follow the
> Once you have done that (to the letter, mind you), then you can
> venture forth into the Ha : bend the rules. This is the stage where youBut you
> start making small adjustments to suit your particular situation.
> should only enter into this stage if you are comfortable with Scrum,if the
> Scrum Master acknowledges that everybody is following the rules andif THE
> TEAM feels the need to adjust the way they work in order to performbetter.
> We are still in this phase (after more than 2 years), so I won't even gooffered just
> into details about the final stage (Ri : transcend the rules).
> Another good starting point would be Scrum training (nowadays
> about anywhere) or a one-week coaching session from a CST (lots ofthem on
> this list). Basically you guys need to learn how to crawl and walk,before
> you start running. And obviously you will need committment from theother
> divisions, too. 'Coz without that you are just trying to put asquare peg
> into a round hole.introduced
> From: email@example.com
> [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of jbb_hf
> Sent: 27 November 2007 14:24
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: [scrumdevelopment] Re: Issues i'm going through with Scrum /
> Sprints. I need some advice and help!
> Thanks for the reply Wolfgang.
> This is currently our team Setup.
> 1 - Project Manager ( Scrum Master )
> 1 - Product Owner ( Product Manager )
> 2 - ASP Developers
> 2 - Web Designers
> We have a scrum team of 6, with 4 team developers.
> To give a sense of what the designers do. The 2 designers in Division
> A ( Me and another designer, we are both seniors in the company ),
> mostly work on products and websites. My other designers in Division B
> and C ( they are relatively new to the company ) mostly work on
> banners, news letters and such. We basically have 3 different
> departments, and as a Team Lead, I have to manage my 2 other
> designers in the different departments. This is why it's kinda hard
> for me, I can't really put full time effort in a scrum team as i need
> to manage my 2 other designers. Any thought on this? What should be
> done this situation?
> I'm trying to give my team some guidance on what we should do. I kinda
> did some scrum/sprints at school...but at work, it's a total different
> scenario. Heck, we didn't even have a sprint backlog during our first
> We do now have a sprint backlog, but one of the problems i think we
> are having in our current sprint is that we are working on 2 products,
> each of which is owned by a product manager. During our dev meetings,
> the 2 product managers attend these meetings...and 80% of time, the
> product managers and project manager spend time discussing about the
> products,release dates, etc... I find this bad as it's wasting time
> for us designers and developers....all we want to do is give status of
> the progress of our work. Who should be attending these meetings? The
> whole scrum team correct?
> Does it make sense to you, having our team members attending between 1
> to 2 hour meetings a day ( meetings not related to sprint at all) ,
> while they are doing a sprint? Should that be happening?
> Thanks for your input, really appreciated!
> --- In scrumdevelopment@ <mailto:scrumdevelopment%40yahoogroups.com>
> yahoogroups.com, "Wolfgang Schulze Zachau"
> <wolfgang@> wrote:
> > Hi JBB,
> > the problem is that you are not actually DOING Scrum.
> > The daily standups are an essential part of communication between
> the team
> > members, but you don't have them.
> > The team should be between 5 and 9 members. In your case I would
> accept 4,
> > but you don't have a team (because divisions B and C haven't
> > Scrum).problem,
> > You have to attend meetings about defining requirements (is the job
> of the
> > PO) or stuff not captured in the current sprint (not the team's
> > again a PO job).expertise on
> > You should have a sprint backlog, but it doesn't sound like you have
> > Heck, I cannot even see anything saying that you have a product
> backlog. Do
> > you ?
> > Do you guys have a Product Owner and a Scrum Master?
> > There can still be a team lead. (S)he is the person who, within the
> team and
> > during the sprint, provides guidance on how to do things or
> > technical/design matters, etc. In fact, any Scrum team without aof 4
> team lead
> > or a senior developer or designer will struggle with the concept of
> > "just-in-time-design". But let's take things one step at a time. How
> > you tell us a little more about your setup. Start by answering the
> > above.
> > Regards,
> > Wolfgang
> > _____
> > From: scrumdevelopment@ <mailto:scrumdevelopment%40yahoogroups.com>
> > [mailto:scrumdevelopment@ <mailto:scrumdevelopment%40yahoogroups.com>
> yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of jbb_hf
> > Sent: 27 November 2007 01:39
> > To: scrumdevelopment@ <mailto:scrumdevelopment%40yahoogroups.com>
> > Subject: [scrumdevelopment] Issues i'm going through with Scrum /
> Sprints. I
> > need some advice and help!
> > Ok,
> > I'm the Design Team Lead for the company I work for. We are a team
> > designers. Our company has 3 divisions. We have 2 resourcesIt's not
> dedicated for
> > Division A, 1 for B and 1 for C.
> > I'm a resource for Division A.
> > Recently, our company has introduced Scrum methodology for Division
> A only
> > and I honestly don't think it has been working out very well.
> > Here's some issues I've been having:
> > * I'm confused about my role as a "Team Lead" if i'm part of the
> > scrum. I manage my designers and I attend many meetings about planning
> > projects and such. Being part of the scrum...Am I suppose to be
> still doing
> > these things? From what I understand and read from sprints, shouldn't
> > members of the team be working full-time? Shouldn't designers be
> > as little as possible in their work during sprints? What should
> happen here?
> > Should I be in a team, given all my responsibilities as a Team Lead?
> > * Still related to designers being disturbed as little as possible.
> > Today I had 2 hour meetings about products we want to release in the
> > sprint while I'm currently working a sprint... I'm basically losing
> 1 to 2
> > hours of my time per day in meetings. I can't have a full 8 hour day
> > on the things I need to... Should this be happening? These meetings
> > happen at the sprint planning, correct?
> > * We don't have daily stand up meeting. We do have some sort of
> > meeting between the developers/designers/product managers on
> > mon/wed/fri...but the meetings end up being 1 hour long...mostly
> > about the changes in requirements or the things we haven't captured
> in the
> > current sprint.
> > Given this, it's really frustrating for me to go through this.
> > pleasant and I need some help and answers!
> > Thanks!