Re: [scrumdevelopment] NEW SCRUM PROJECT
- Hi Randy,
I wrote a blog entry about "Sprint Zero," part of a series on Getting Started with Scrum. Hope these are helpful to you!
I have been a member for a while and never got a chance to really
participate. I have a project which is composed of one BA, one java
developer, one QA tester and one UA tester. Basically, I would like
to implement scrum and the BA will also act as the product owner. Is
We have 10 problems to resolve in this project and I thought I would
treat the problems as features. Since the developer is new he cannot
commit to the one week sprint and we can only deal with one problem at
a time due to resource constraint. Therefore, we initially agreed we
will have two weeks sprint and at the end of the week, we will have
demo to the team. My problem is that the developer is also doing
production support so we don't have his full time commitment.
What would you advise me? I really want to try and execute scrum
method in our organization hopefully to be able to deliver software
I need some advise and please ask me more questions if my initial
statement is not enough to get me started with your mentoring.
-- Peter Stevens, CSM http://scrum-breakfast.blogspot.com/
- I think the direct challenge approach is always useful. In the face of their determination to apply a waterfall approach, ask them to show their project metrics from previous projects. For example, even gross, simple metrics such as Estimated Time versus Actual Time to Completion, Estimated Cost versus Actual Cost to Completion, Number of Errors found by QA that had to be returned to the developers for rectification, Number of errors found by Users after Implementation ... that sort of thing.
You might ask them to describe /their/ way of measuring project success, and how their Waterfall Development Approach contributes to project success.
I am by no means an expert on SOX compliance, but agile methods have never had a clause that says don't produce necessary documentation, especially legislatively required documentation. So that should not be an issue at all.
You might even ask them to present their case against agile methods. This might give you an opportunity to see whether they even understand what it is all about.
And present some of the research that has demonstrated the Waterfall Approach as being a primary contributor to project failure.
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 19:00:24 +0000
Subject: [scrumdevelopment] Re: NEW SCRUM PROJECTWe have agreed what DONE would mean to the team and we have some of
the items such as the functional and UA test are concerned. My
challenge his is that I am experimenting the scrum approach in a
waterfall environment. Our SOX requirements tell us to create this
documents. I would love some mentoring on how I can try to get the
organization to see scrum and try to use the minimum documentation for
SOX compliance. I am saying this because we have a PMO that is
pushing for the waterfall PM process.
--- In scrumdevelopment@ yahoogroups. com, Roy Morien <roymorien@. ..> wrote:
> At the risk of nit-picking, I think the definition of DONE is not
being ready for production (implying installable in the client's
production environment) but is ready for trusted use by the
destination user. This may in fact be another developer, or, indeed,
> Roy Morien
> To: scrumdevelopment@ ...: woyna@...: Mon, 3 Mar 2008 19:56:31
+0000Subject: [scrumdevelopment] Re: NEW SCRUM PROJECT
> In agile, the story/feature/ item is not "done" until it's ready
toinstall into production. The Sprint Backlog should include every
tasknecessary to get the feature completed, including all
testing,required documentation, training, installation, etc.Will the
developer be doing all these tasks, or will somebody else bejoining
the team?Mark--- In scrumdevelopment@ yahoogroups. com, "RandyInQ8"
<tangcov@> wrote:>> Thank you everyone. I will try all of these as I
progress with the> Scrum method. I would like to ask you about the
product backlog. I> basically have 8 items to deliver. According to
the developer, it> will take him about 80 hours per item. > > Would
these items the only thing I would need in my back log or do I> need
to show development, QA and UAT components for each back log item?> >
Thanks,> > Randy> > --- In scrumdevelopment@ yahoogroups. com, "Tobias
Mayer"> <tobias.mayer@ > wrote:> >> > Hi Randy,> > > > The two week
period makes sense. Here are a few suggestions. > > > > 1. Make sure
that the developer, QA tester, UA tester and BA allshare a> > work
space. They are one team, and need to discuss and collaborate> >
frequently.> > > > 2. If a feature is too big to be completed in a
single 2-week sprint> > find ways to slice it vertically so each slice
Stories as well asfeatures,> > and read Mike Cohn's book, User Stories
Applied> > <http://www.amazon. com/dp/032120568 5> (assuming you haven't
already).> > > > 3. Be sure that the whole team (all 4) are sharing
the commitment to> > "done" and that the features/stories committed to
are coded,tested and> > have whatever user docs needed for release by
the end of theiteration. > > It is not sufficient for just the
developer to be done.> > > > 4. When a team member is not committed
full time it helps greatly to> > make visible his other work. Treat
the work almost as stories on a> > separate backlog, and track them on
your board. If the workconsists of> > lots of small talks just add a
sticky each time a new one comesup. If> > sprint commitments are
missed his technique helps management to see> > exactly why, and
allows them to re-prioritize accordingly. > > > > 5. Even though the
sprints are two weeks it may make sense in the> > beginning to hold
weekly retrospectives. I recommend 30-60minutes for> > a small team.
This helps to keep things on track and quickly address> > any issues
that have arisen.> > > > I hope this helps, and best of luck.> > > >
Tobias> > > > > > --- In scrumdevelopment@ yahoogroups. com, "RandyInQ8"
<tangcov@>> > wrote:> > >> > > Hello Everyone,> > >> > > I have been a
member for a while and never got a chance to really> > > participate.
I have a project which is composed of one BA, one java> > > developer,
one QA tester and one UA tester. Basically, I would like> > > to
implement scrum and the BA will also act as the productowner. Is> > >
this right.> > >> > > We have 10 problems to resolve in this project
and I thought I would> > > treat the problems as features. Since the
developer is new hecannot> > > commit to the one week sprint and we
can only deal with oneproblem at> > > a time due to resource
constraint. Therefore, we initiallyagreed we> > > will have two weeks
sprint and at the end of the week, we will have> > > demo to the team.
My problem is that the developer is also doing> > > production support
so we don't have his full time commitment.> > >> > > What would you
advise me? I really want to try and execute scrum> > > method in our
organization hopefully to be able to deliver software> > > faster.> >
>> > > I need some advise and please ask me more questions if my
initial> > > statement is not enough to get me started with your
mentoring.> > >> > >> > > Thanks,> > >> > > Randy> > >> >>
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