Turn Scrum Training Around

April 25, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Common Scrum adoption is based on learning the Scrum framework to guide teams to improve their methods. Scrum’s intentionally generic & not limited to software dev. The team is intentionally left to figure out how to do Agile SW dev in the context of Scrum. Several, ubiquitous challenges for new teams adopting Scrum indicate that this may not be the best approach. Another tenet of Scrum is that it helps uncover impediments to the team by the end of a sprint. This was needed 15 yrs ago. But now w/20yrs of community experience & w/ a little reflection, we can “discover” that before the sprint.

For teams building software, we should take advantage of the fact that “Scrum is simple to understand” but that learning how to take items on a product backlog & turn them into small stories while working together is not. Learning Scrum itself does not teach you Agile analysis, design, code & test-it creates an environment for teams to learn it on their own. It is possible, however, to teach teams how to do Agile dev with a basic understanding of Scrum with the same time& dollar budget of learning Scrum in detail with basic story writing. Better to get help on the tough stuff-people already understand why Agile is good. Even better, learning Scrum is then easier.

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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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