RE: [scrumdevelopment] Re: Question about sprint backlog
>From: "Brad Grant" <bradg@...>Yes... that's why I want them visible.
>wouldn't some of these "necessary overhead" tasks then be considered
>obstacles from the customers perspective?
One of several things can happen: you'll be able to identify the "customer
value", or you'll realize that it is an impediment. (Or, it may just be
something you're doing, without jeopardizing the sprint's goals.)
In your examples:
* someone making a presentation - it depends. If the Product Owner wants it
(as part of a campaign to sell the team's capabilities), it might belong on
one of the backlogs. If some other person wants it ("sneaking in" a task)
and it's getting in the way, it's an impediment. If it's something someone
planned to do, and they took that into account when they committed, then
it's just something they're doing.
What I've seen is that some people will assign people extra tasks, without
"paying" for the impact anywhere. In this case, if it's a one-time thing, it
may be no big deal. But if it turns out that 10% of somebody's job (2 days
out of 20) is making presentations, that's sounds like something we should
be conscious of.
>2. same cat spends few days during the Sprint coordinatingThese all sound like things with value to the customer, that a team might
>deployment, managing backlog, burndown, helping QA with auto-testing,
>pursuing researching a new open source continous integration build
list on the sprint backlog. I guess whether they're impediments or not would
depend on the situation.
(I usually think of impediments as either surprises or things outside the
team's control. Sprint management is probably neither; helping QA or
researching might be surprises.)
>That's why this cat has been recording them as impediments, andThe "sharing prominently" is the important part; whether it's called an
impediment or backlog, the team is conscious about what they need to do, and
that gives them room to stop doing the unimportant ones.
Bill Wake William.Wake@... www.xp123.com
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