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Self-Organization: The Secret Sauce for Improving your Scrum Team

scrumDr. Jeff Sutherland is one of the co-creators of the Scrum software development process. He and Ken Schwaber invented Scrum in 1993. Since then he has worked with many software companies and IT organizations to extend and enhance this process.

I’ll add a bit below about the Nokia Test and Shock Therapy, but you’ll have to watch the video for the rest.


Doing Scrum, but….

The Nokia Test by Bas Vodde

  • Fixed iteration 4 weeks or less
  • Software is deployed each iteration
  • Agile specification – Good user stories tied to specifications as needed
  • Product owner who motivates team
  • Product backlog – Product Owner can measure ROI based on real revenue, cost per story point, or other metrics
  • Estimate error < 10%
  • Burndown only burns down when story is done, team knows velocity, Product Owner release plan based on known velocity
  • No one disrupting team, only Scrum roles
  • Team is in hyperproductive state

Shock Therapy

Patterning by total immersion at Pivotal Labs. ?In the video Jeff talks about a venture capital firm he works with who send teams from

new companies they fund to Pivotal Labs for 3 weeks. ?There they are fully immersed in one-week Scrums. ?This sounds to me like a powerful approach for getting buy-in at all levels of the organization since the venture capitalists have influence over management (gave the directive to implement scrum) and the teams who go through the training are ready to go when they get back to home base, and share the process with the rest of the company.

Note that this only works if you have an experienced person or team leading the change. ?Trying to do this without experience will not work. ?Gave an example of successive small changes to transition a team to SCRUM over 6 months by identifying pain points along the way, picking out the piece of Scrum that would address it.

Watch the video for more. I’m not sure I completely understood the parts about “The Cosmic Stopping Problem” or “Punctuated Equilibrium” in Scrum. Perhaps someone can help me understand his take on these points.

Get Developers Pumped About Project Management

Yep, that’s what I said.

This is a great presentation of how one firm utilizes SCRUM in the real world.? Jim Kinter and I have both written about SCRUM on this site before, and I think this video does a wonderful job of giving you a feel for it. It’s also played to some hip music.? I was a developer once, and unless I’m wayyy out of touch already, this is COOL!

This is also a shout-out to the PMClinic mailing list “weekly situation” about a development team who is good at the technical side, but good project management needs to be implemented very badly.? My advice:? among other things, show your development team this video and others related to agile methodologies.? Figure out what their pain points are and explain to them how something like this can solve many of their problems and let them focus on what they do best:? the work at hand.

Scrum methodology from Soul’ on Vimeo. This movie was realized during a project using the scrum methodology. This was a great experience during 6 months: an experience sharing, exchange, a little bit stress but lots of good humor and with finally 2 Web Portals. No commercial or lobbying here ! We just want to share a great method that facilitates the realization of a project. You won’t see any commercials for our company, just thanks to other people, or mention tools (all free and open sources). Scrum is part of the “Agile World” method and is totally free. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrum_(development) Son d’intro: Opening scene of “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” directed by Peter Jackson Music : Red Hot Chili Peppers “Snow” http://www.myspace.com/redhotchilipeppers scrum1