Scrum is Simple

April 25, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Scrum is simple. So best to get your Agile training on the work you do, not on ceremonies to follow.

Before a team goes Agile it mostly does analysis, design, code, &test. After a team goes Agile it mostly does analysis, design, code, &test-for those of you who believe in "test-first" as I do, the analysis is done by coming up with testable specifications. The difference is now they do this either almost simultaneously or in very short cycles.

Scrum provides a simple framework which somewhat forces you to use small stories since they must fit in a 2wk or so sprint. But doesn't tell you how to do that. Since Scrum is simple, but writing small stories &getting people who hadn't worked together before to work together now isn't simple, we believe when a team learns how to do Scrum the focus should be on how to do analysis, design, code &test of small stories in a collaborative way that will deliver value quickly.

By teaching how to do that, people can easily follow the Scrum ceremonies. Following Scrum ceremonies, however, doesn't teach you how to do that. Scrum was a leap ahead before we had BDD & understood Lean-flow. A framework that pushed you in the right direction was a good thing. But now it's better to just learn what the right thing is. No need to be pushed.

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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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