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  • dan
    Mary, Its because the FT, being a UK publication, expects its readership to associate the word Scrum with Rugby. Regards Daniel
    Message 1 of 7 , Jul 29, 2005
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      Mary,

      Its because the FT, being a UK publication, expects its readership to
      associate the word Scrum with Rugby.

      Regards

      Daniel

      Mary Poppendieck wrote:
      > It’s interesting that this article spends the first two paragraphs
      > re-defining the word ‘Scrum’:
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      > “None of these three companies is looking for staff with legs like tree
      > trunks, willing to crunch shoulder against shoulder in a melee of
      > collapsing limbs and mud.”
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      > Mary Poppendieck
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      > www.poppendieck.com
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      > 952-934-7998
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      > Author of: Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit
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      > Just as an observation, the IT Review supplement in today's Financial
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      > Times has a half-page article on Scrum on Page 2. It's good to see
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      > more coverage of the method in the mainstream, I thought that those
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      > of
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      > you in this group that are in the UK might want to know.
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      > Tim Marston
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      > Would this be it Tim:
      > http://news.ft.com/cms/s/297b22b2-fcfe-11d9-b224-00000e2511c8.html
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      > Matt Davey
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    • sudeep_jamkar
      Hi All, I am following scrum since last 2-3 years and preparing for scrum master certification now. One of the challenges we faced is definition or design of
      Message 2 of 7 , Jan 21
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        Hi All,


        I am following scrum since last 2-3 years and preparing for scrum master certification now. One of the challenges we faced is definition or design of cross-functional and self-organizing development team. As per Scrum guide, Product Backlog is never complete and it keeps evolving or changing. Change in product backlog may create need of new skill in development team. Sometimes this need may be from totally different domain e.g a web development team may need a member with analytics skillset. In this scenario, how can we choose a development team which is self-organizing and cross-functional while starting a project? Also how should we tackle if we come across situation where there is lack of some skill due to change in product backlog?


        Thanks,

        Sudeep

      • Andrew Burrows
        Hi Sudeep, Do you mind if I ask some questions? Do the items in your backlog produce potentially-shippable increments of your product? Or are they sliced along
        Message 3 of 7 , Jan 21
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          Hi Sudeep,

          Do you mind if I ask some questions?

          Do the items in your backlog produce potentially-shippable increments of your product? Or are they sliced along functional lines (for example, "do back end coding", "create UX wireframe")?

          What are the things you face that makes it difficult to predict the kind of skills you're likely to need over the next 3 months of your development cycle?

          Finally, what is the skills makeup of a typical Scrum team you deal with?

          Cheers,

          Andrew

          On Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 5:52 AM, sudeep_jamkar@... [SCRUMDEVELOPMENT] <SCRUMDEVELOPMENT@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
           

          Hi All,


          I am following scrum since last 2-3 years and preparing for scrum master certification now. One of the challenges we faced is definition or design of cross-functional and self-organizing development team. As per Scrum guide, Product Backlog is never complete and it keeps evolving or changing. Change in product backlog may create need of new skill in development team. Sometimes this need may be from totally different domain e.g a web development team may need a member with analytics skillset. In this scenario, how can we choose a development team which is self-organizing and cross-functional while starting a project? Also how should we tackle if we come across situation where there is lack of some skill due to change in product backlog?


          Thanks,

          Sudeep


        • sudeep_jamkar
          Hi Andrew, I would say the items sliced along functional lines. Let s take an example where the project is migration project from database 1 to database 2. So
          Message 4 of 7 , Jan 24
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            Hi Andrew,

            I would say the items sliced along functional lines.

            Let's take an example where the project is migration project from database 1 to database 2. So we would be having a team with skillset of database 1, database 2 and which can do conversion and automization successfully. However, what if we come to know that some of the data in database 1 is not correct and we will have to pull correct data from source system. This source system is built with totally different technology and current team do not have skill to work on it. So how can we ensure that scrum development team is self-organized and cross-functional?

            Thanks,
            Sudeep Jamkar
          • Gercel Silva
            Hi Sudeep! Building a powerful team isn t an easy task. I recommend reading Jeff Gothelf s article on this subject: http://www.jeffgothelf
            Message 5 of 7 , Feb 2 7:29 PM
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              Hi Sudeep!

              Building a powerful team isn't an easy task. I recommend reading Jeff Gothelf's article on this subject:
              http://www.jeffgothelf.com/blog/building-in-house-innovation-teams-small-collocated-dedicated-self-sufficient

              You should have dedicated people with the right skills for the job. You can look for developers that are generalizing specialists. Check out this article about cross-functional developers:
              http://agilemodeling.com/essays/generalizingSpecialists.htm

              If you can't hire them you can always grow them inside your company. Having slack time for research may help you with that:
              http://www.jamesshore.com/Articles/Business/Software%20Profitability%20Newsletter/Research%20Time.html

              Maybe those links are helpful.

              Cheers!
              Gercel

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