My Beliefs About Scrum

May 10, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I have been teaching and coaching Scrum for almost 20 years. As I use it more and more I have found more and more I disagree with some of its fundamental tenets. We (Net Objectives) continue to use Scrum because I believe it is a good base from which people can learn more effective methods and because many people in the industry are aware of it. Furthermore, many who have tried Scrum and are struggling with it, or more accurately, are doing Scrum-but (“we do Scrum, but we don’t do …”) can be helped with the work we do. Since what we do is technically not Scrum (we’ve named what we do Scrum/ATDD (Acceptance Test-Driven Development).

Some of the concepts I disagree with are more thought processes or beliefs about how humans work and therefore may be hard to argue for. You’ll just have to see what matches your own belief system. Other concepts are more about what’s important for people adopting something new. In all of these cases I try to follow what works, based on my own and others’ experience.

This article will cover:

  • What I like About Scrum
  • What has changed for me over the last 20 years
  • What I disagree with Scrum

My Beliefs about Scrum, by Al Shalloway, CEO of Net Objectives.

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About the author | Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.



        

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