To Scrum Or Not To Scrum?

To Scrum Or Not To Scrum?

Agile, Ask me anything about Agile, Scrum
Question When might you advise a client to apply XP, Lean or a non-Agile approach to workflow instead of Scrum? Let me answer this question by describing an actual situation. Context I once coached a programme of teams at a large corporate that had to automate a manual and laborious business process onto an off-the-shelf product. This programme had been working in a waterfall manner for a year and had managed to automate a small subset of the business process. A new CIO was employed and decided that this programme needed to implement Scrum because it would help with faster delivery. When I arrived the teams had been set up, consisting mostly of contractors from different contract houses. Project Managers were in-house and expected to be Scrum Masters as well.…
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Personal: From Waterfall to Agile

Personal: From Waterfall to Agile

Agile, Personal, Scrum
This article was originally posted on April 20, 2013. Much has changed since then on my development and it is worthwhile reflecting back since then. ...for a long time now I've wanted to chart my Agile journey. It started 3 years ago and because I aim for continuous improvement personally and professionally, this journey will not be over any time soon. To understand the above statement I feel I need to explain that before I fell into Agile, Scrum, to be specific, I had been a Project Manager delivering projects rather successfully using traditional or waterfall methods for 10 years already. I resisted Scrum for 3 months and when the magic started happening, despite my confused feelings about letting go and not trying to control everything all the time, I became…
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