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Re: [scrumdevelopment] Questions about shifting from traditional project management to SCRUM

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  • M.Jalilnejad
    ... ​Hi Ensieh​, I was in your situation about one year ago. It depends on *YOUR* current organizational status, it depends on* YOUR* Organization
    Message 1 of 13 , Feb 23, 2013
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      On Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 11:34 AM, Ensieh Mohseni <en.mohseni@...> wrote:
      what steps are required to be taken
      ​Hi Ensieh​,
      I was in your situation about one year ago.
      It depends on YOUR current organizational status, it depends on YOUR Organization culture. you know changing how people think about development process is a cultural change and changing culture is a long-term process
      I recommend you:
      1. take a consultant in you area to help you shift painlessly. I know good ones
      2. Search/Study Case Studies of Agile Transition in similar cultures
      3. Search/Read about "Transitioning to Agile". Mike Cohn has good recommendations about Patterns of ADAPTing to agile in Mountain Goat Software
      4. Michael Sahota has some enlightments about Cultural changes on organizations (this summary and An Agile Adoption and Transformation Survival Guide)
      5. Scrum is not a silver bullet, It's just a tool in your toolbox. Mix Scrum, XP and Kanban Practices as you need. Use your power tools properly
      6. No Matters what custom process you use, Always keep in mind the values of the Agile Manifesto

      Regards
      Mahmood Jalilnejad,
      An Agile friend



    • Nirmala Jegadheesan
      Hi Ensieh,     Every person from the PMO can take part in the SCRUM team based on the nature of projects your company handle. Either a project or a product
      Message 2 of 13 , Feb 24, 2013
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        Hi Ensieh,
            Every person from the PMO can take part in the SCRUM team based on the nature of projects your company handle. Either a project or a product the team would require a SCRUM master who actually does the "Project Controlling " part. Hence based on the project style the PMO members can get distributed among the SCRUM teams and take up roles like SCRUM MASter, Product owner or Retrospective Handler. But in all the cases, the involvment given by the PMO team in SCRUM methods would be more deeper and clearer than when you have performed in tradional methods. Can explain in detail if you have more questions.
        Regards,
        Nirmala

         

        From: Ensieh Mohseni <en.mohseni@...>
        To: "scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com" <scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2013 5:04 PM
        Subject: [scrumdevelopment] Questions about shifting from traditional project management to SCRUM
         
        Dear Sir/Madam,

        I have been working for an IT company, which is mainly involves in software development. The company has project management office (PMO), which is in charge of planning and controlling the projects through traditional methods. Since some months ago, the company has decided to gradually shift from the current method to SCRUM.

        I was wondering how I, as a member of PMO, can play an effective role in this regard. I do believe that your experiment about companies that changed their classical project planning & control method to SCRUM would help us a lot to realize what steps are required to be taken, and how previous PMO members would engage in this transform.

        Kind regards,
        Ensieh Mohseni,
        Project Control Expert
      • Ron Jeffries
        Nirmala, ... I don t understand. The ScrumMaster is not supposed to do any controlling as far as I know. And I m not aware of the role Retrospective
        Message 3 of 13 , Feb 26, 2013
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          Nirmala,

          On Feb 24, 2013, at 8:03 AM, Nirmala Jegadheesan <jnirmala@...> wrote:

          Either a project or a product the team would require a SCRUM master who actually does the "Project Controlling " part. Hence based on the project style the PMO members can get distributed among the SCRUM teams and take up roles like SCRUM MASter, Product owner or Retrospective Handler. But in all the cases, the involvment given by the PMO team in SCRUM methods would be more deeper and clearer than when you have performed in tradional methods. Can explain in detail if you have more questions.

          I don't understand. The ScrumMaster is not supposed to do any "controlling" as far as I know. And I'm not aware of the role "Retrospective Handler" at all.

          Ron Jeffries
          I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way.  -- Jessica Rabbit

        • Jean Richardson
          +1 to Ron s comments, and I d be a bit concerned about mixing Scrum, XP and Kanban Practices as you need. It s remarkably easy to frost traditional
          Message 4 of 13 , Feb 27, 2013
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            +1 to Ron’s comments, and I’d be a bit concerned about mixing “Scrum, XP and Kanban Practices as you need.”  It’s remarkably easy to frost traditional processes with agilesque terms and spend a fair amount of time in the slough of despond thinking that Scrum, XP, or Kanban doesn’t work.  Though, the advice about paying attention to the Agile Manifesto is very important.

            “Use your power tools properly” puts me in mind of chainsaws and Shop Smiths.  Could you enlighten me about these “power tools,” Mahmood?

            --- Jean

             

            From: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com [mailto:scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Ron Jeffries
            Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:22 PM
            To: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: Re: [scrumdevelopment] Questions about shifting from traditional project management to SCRUM

             

             

            Nirmala,

             

            On Feb 24, 2013, at 8:03 AM, Nirmala Jegadheesan <jnirmala@...> wrote:



            Either a project or a product the team would require a SCRUM master who actually does the "Project Controlling " part. Hence based on the project style the PMO members can get distributed among the SCRUM teams and take up roles like SCRUM MASter, Product owner or Retrospective Handler. But in all the cases, the involvment given by the PMO team in SCRUM methods would be more deeper and clearer than when you have performed in tradional methods. Can explain in detail if you have more questions.

             

            I don't understand. The ScrumMaster is not supposed to do any "controlling" as far as I know. And I'm not aware of the role "Retrospective Handler" at all.


            Ron Jeffries

            I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way.  -- Jessica Rabbit

             

          • Kevin Callahan
            Jean, +1 for chainsaws; love my Husqvarna :) Seriously though, I take power tools to equate to tools and processes . Power tools are great, when they re
            Message 5 of 13 , Feb 27, 2013
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              Jean,

              +1 for chainsaws; love my Husqvarna :)

              Seriously though, I take "power tools" to equate to "tools and processes". Power tools are great, when they're appropriate and in the hands of competent operators. They quickly become incredibly dangerous and a threat to work well-done lacking this expertise.

              If agile and its methodologies are tools, the world of software development is littered with projects and organizations in the latter camp…

              -k

              On Feb 27, 2013, at 12:05 PM, Jean Richardson wrote:

              “Use your power tools properly” puts me in mind of chainsaws and Shop Smiths.  Could you enlighten me about these “power tools,” Mahmood?

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            • Nirmala Jegadheesan
              Ron,   In practical situations, the Scrum Master cannot stop from just advising the team. When the team is new and immature regarding the agile processes the
              Message 6 of 13 , Feb 27, 2013
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                Ron,
                  In practical situations, the Scrum Master cannot stop from just advising the team. When the team is new and immature regarding the agile processes the Scrm master should do some hand holding until the team sets itself on the roll. Usually the Scrum Master organizes the retrospective meetings and track the decsions if implemented properly within the team. When there is a new process coming up, the PMO team should take up these roles inorder to mingle with the team and the process.
                Regards,
                Nirmala

                From: Ron Jeffries <ronjeffries@...>
                To: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 1:52 AM
                Subject: Re: [scrumdevelopment] Questions about shifting from traditional project management to SCRUM
                 
                Nirmala,
                On Feb 24, 2013, at 8:03 AM, Nirmala Jegadheesan <jnirmala@...> wrote:
                Either a project or a product the team would require a SCRUM master who actually does the "Project Controlling " part. Hence based on the project style the PMO members can get distributed among the SCRUM teams and take up roles like SCRUM MASter, Product owner or Retrospective Handler. But in all the cases, the involvment given by the PMO team in SCRUM methods would be more deeper and clearer than when you have performed in tradional methods. Can explain in detail if you have more questions.

                I don't understand. The ScrumMaster is not supposed to do any "controlling" as far as I know. And I'm not aware of the role "Retrospective Handler" at all.

                Ron Jeffries
                I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way.  -- Jessica Rabbit
              • Jean Richardson
                We wade here into the challenge of people in PMO’s being enculturated to work one way and agile struggling to enculturate people to work another. Training
                Message 7 of 13 , Feb 28, 2013
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                  We wade here into the challenge of people in PMO’s being enculturated to work one way and agile struggling to enculturate people to work another.  Training can help, but rarely does it actually change culture, especially overnight.  The project controlling piece that Ron was concerned about below is an example of this culture shift.  The Scrum Master is a process facilitator, not a team or project controller.  Mahmood pointed to some good references to help with cultural change.  Sahota’s book points specifically to the challenges of introducing agile from a cultural perspective.

                   

                  It’s important to be aware of it when we are simply frosting old behaviors and attitudes with new terms and role names.  It’s also very difficult. 

                   

                  There is such a thing as an agile PMO.  I finally went and dug up one of Cohn’s very good articles on this topic as this thread has continued:  http://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/articles/the-roles-of-the-project-management-office-in-scrum

                   

                  ---- Jean

                   

                  From: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com [mailto:scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Nirmala Jegadheesan
                  Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 11:57 PM
                  To: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com
                  Subject: Re: [scrumdevelopment] Questions about shifting from traditional project management to SCRUM

                   

                   

                  Ron,

                    In practical situations, the Scrum Master cannot stop from just advising the team. When the team is new and immature regarding the agile processes the Scrm master should do some hand holding until the team sets itself on the roll. Usually the Scrum Master organizes the retrospective meetings and track the decsions if implemented properly within the team. When there is a new process coming up, the PMO team should take up these roles inorder to mingle with the team and the process.

                  Regards,

                  Nirmala

                   

                  From: Ron Jeffries <ronjeffries@...>
                  To: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com
                  Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 1:52 AM
                  Subject: Re: [scrumdevelopment] Questions about shifting from traditional project management to SCRUM

                   

                  Nirmala,

                  On Feb 24, 2013, at 8:03 AM, Nirmala Jegadheesan <jnirmala@...> wrote:

                  Either a project or a product the team would require a SCRUM master who actually does the "Project Controlling " part. Hence based on the project style the PMO members can get distributed among the SCRUM teams and take up roles like SCRUM MASter, Product owner or Retrospective Handler. But in all the cases, the involvment given by the PMO team in SCRUM methods would be more deeper and clearer than when you have performed in tradional methods. Can explain in detail if you have more questions.

                   

                  I don't understand. The ScrumMaster is not supposed to do any "controlling" as far as I know. And I'm not aware of the role "Retrospective Handler" at all.


                  Ron Jeffries

                  I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way.  -- Jessica Rabbit

                • Ali H. Moghadam
                  Nirmala, I think the old style PMOs are not good candidates for ScramMaster role, as the SM should have a good understanding of servant leadership and scrum
                  Message 8 of 13 , Mar 1, 2013
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                    Nirmala,

                    I think the old style PMOs are not good candidates for ScramMaster role, as the SM should have a good understanding of servant leadership and scrum rules. The nearest role to a Project Manager in scrum is Product Owner, who is responsible for the product, the priorities, and the plan. The only difference is he has not any authority over the team, but the product backlog.

                    If the team is not mature, maybe they should not start doing any project at all! In this situation, I recommend to hire a Scrum Coach, instead of forcing the scram master to do Command-and-control and take the responsibility of the team.

                    -Ali


                    On Feb 28, 2013, at 11:27 AM, Nirmala Jegadheesan <jnirmala@...> wrote:

                     

                    Ron,
                      In practical situations, the Scrum Master cannot stop from just advising the team. When the team is new and immature regarding the agile processes the Scrm master should do some hand holding until the team sets itself on the roll. Usually the Scrum Master organizes the retrospective meetings and track the decsions if implemented properly within the team. When there is a new process coming up, the PMO team should take up these roles inorder to mingle with the team and the process.
                    Regards,
                    Nirmala

                    From: Ron Jeffries <ronjeffries@...>
                    To: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com
                    Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 1:52 AM
                    Subject: Re: [scrumdevelopment] Questions about shifting from traditional project management to SCRUM
                     
                    Nirmala,
                    On Feb 24, 2013, at 8:03 AM, Nirmala Jegadheesan <jnirmala@...> wrote:
                    Either a project or a product the team would require a SCRUM master who actually does the "Project Controlling " part. Hence based on the project style the PMO members can get distributed among the SCRUM teams and take up roles like SCRUM MASter, Product owner or Retrospective Handler. But in all the cases, the involvment given by the PMO team in SCRUM methods would be more deeper and clearer than when you have performed in tradional methods. Can explain in detail if you have more questions.

                    I don't understand. The ScrumMaster is not supposed to do any "controlling" as far as I know. And I'm not aware of the role "Retrospective Handler" at all.

                    Ron Jeffries
                    I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way.  -- Jessica Rabbit

                  • Nirmala Jegadheesan
                    Ali,    Coaching the team for Acrum practices is essential and inevitable for anybody before jumping into it. If my answer sounded for skipping it I am
                    Message 9 of 13 , Mar 2, 2013
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                      Ali,
                         Coaching the team for Acrum practices is essential and inevitable for anybody before jumping into it. If my answer sounded for skipping it I am sorry. Any level or size of company do the scrum coaching before they take it up. But handling immature teams is almost happens everywhere. With some good handholding, training and expert process tailoring within 5-6 sprints the team can come to a speed. I have worked with teams where a properly trained scrum master himself training the teams and do the handholding. Hope this helps.
                      Regards,
                      Nirmala

                      From: Ali H. Moghadam <ali.moghadam@...>
                      To: "scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com" <scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com>
                      Cc: "scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com" <scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com>
                      Sent: Friday, March 1, 2013 2:17 PM
                      Subject: Re: [scrumdevelopment] Questions about shifting from traditional project management to SCRUM
                       

                      Nirmala,

                      I think the old style PMOs are not good candidates for ScramMaster role, as the SM should have a good understanding of servant leadership and scrum rules. The nearest role to a Project Manager in scrum is Product Owner, who is responsible for the product, the priorities, and the plan. The only difference is he has not any authority over the team, but the product backlog.

                      If the team is not mature, maybe they should not start doing any project at all! In this situation, I recommend to hire a Scrum Coach, instead of forcing the scram master to do Command-and-control and take the responsibility of the team.

                      -Ali
                      On Feb 28, 2013, at 11:27 AM, Nirmala Jegadheesan <jnirmala@...> wrote:
                       
                      Ron,
                        In practical situations, the Scrum Master cannot stop from just advising the team. When the team is new and immature regarding the agile processes the Scrm master should do some hand holding until the team sets itself on the roll. Usually the Scrum Master organizes the retrospective meetings and track the decsions if implemented properly within the team. When there is a new process coming up, the PMO team should take up these roles inorder to mingle with the team and the process.
                      Regards,
                      Nirmala

                      From: Ron Jeffries <ronjeffries@...>
                      To: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com
                      Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 1:52 AM
                      Subject: Re: [scrumdevelopment] Questions about shifting from traditional project management to SCRUM
                       
                      Nirmala,
                      On Feb 24, 2013, at 8:03 AM, Nirmala Jegadheesan <jnirmala@...> wrote:
                      Either a project or a product the team would require a SCRUM master who actually does the "Project Controlling " part. Hence based on the project style the PMO members can get distributed among the SCRUM teams and take up roles like SCRUM MASter, Product owner or Retrospective Handler. But in all the cases, the involvment given by the PMO team in SCRUM methods would be more deeper and clearer than when you have performed in tradional methods. Can explain in detail if you have more questions.

                      I don't understand. The ScrumMaster is not supposed to do any "controlling" as far as I know. And I'm not aware of the role "Retrospective Handler" at all.

                      Ron Jeffries
                      I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way.  -- Jessica Rabbit
                    • M.Jalilnejad
                      ​Sorry for late response Jean, ... As I said before I see each process just a tool in our toolbox, they are powerful tools to speed up our work, but we must
                      Message 10 of 13 , Mar 4, 2013
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                        ​Sorry for late response Jean,​
                        On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 5:05 PM, Jean Richardson <jean@...> wrote:
                        “Use your power tools properly” puts me in mind of
                        ​​
                        chainsaws and
                        ​​
                        Shop Smiths.  Could you enlighten me about these “power tools,” Mahmood?

                        As I said before I see each process just a tool in our toolbox, they are powerful tools to speed up our work, but we must know when and how to use them. if they used in an appropriate way they will do a magic, if not they will be a threat as Kevin Callahan said:​
                        ​Seriously though, I take "power tools" to equate to "tools and processes". Power tools are great, when they're appropriate and in the hands of competent operators​. They quickly become incredibly dangerous and a threat to work well-done lacking this expertise

                        ​Regards
                        Mahmood Jalilnejad,
                        An Agile friend
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