Re: [scrumdevelopment] Re: Plans are there for planning
- An issue to be resolved. Is it with the team, the product owner, the process, or the culture?
Hello, inanc_gumus. On Monday, June 22, 2009, at 6:57:54 AM, you
> CEO said that: "I don't know in scrum how can I holdyou
> accountable. Is the team motivated enough, is the teamproductive.
> You say that, we have a deadline, but we can drop afew
> unimportant stories in the run. I want you to commit to all ofthe
> stories for a given date. I want you to work over time w/theteam
> to increase the production if it's needed. Should I hold-you
> accountable, or PO? Can you please create a release planfor
> tomorrow, I and PO would conclude that it's viable and let yougo."
> I am wondering now, how can we hold the team, and SMaccountable?
> (I know how to hold PO) How can we know are they productiveor
> not? What do you think about CEO's responses?As we've talked about, I am troubled by the whole notion of "holding
accountable" . Here's a potentially interesting story:
In a really nifty project simulation that Elisabeth Hendrickson
held for us Saturday, we were watching a team producing "software"
according to their chosen process.
For the /very first time/, the team accomplished its Sprint Goal,
shipping acceptable software. They finished 12 minutes into a 15
minute Sprint. Instead of congratulating the team, indeed instead
of getting with the Customer, the "Product Manager" pushed the
team to try to produce just one more feature since there were
three minutes left. The team said they didn't think there was
time. The PM pushed. The team tried, and failed.
The results included these:
1. Instead of ending on success, the team ended on FAIL.
2. Instead of reflecting on the /very first/ success of
their process, the team went off process.
This is the kind of thing that a focus on "accountability" does. It
does it more in real life than it does in a game, and the
consequences are much worse.
A man hears what he wants to hear, and disregards the rest. -- Paul Simon
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