When You Are Doing Software Development Should Scrum Be Just a Framework?

March 28, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

In my prior post I suggested we've learned a lot in the last 20 years in software development. Many still believe that Scrum should be a simple framework & not add any of this knowledge into the framework. While that may make sense for Scrum as a general framework, but I think it is insane (in the sense of doing the same thing expecting a different result) for software developers. There are many things that virtually all teams should do. At least as many that should be doing cross-functional teams and time-boxing.

If those practices are embedded in the framework it makes sense to me that others such as test-first at the feature level down, vertical slicing of functionality, considering Scrum to be a set of practice patterns, managing work in process with explicit policies set by the team, and many more. People say "Scrum is simple but difficult to master." Maybe there's a causality here. 

I believe in preparing people when they undertake Scrum. Provide them with best practices, templates to use for common activities and an understanding of the Lean principles on which Scrum is based. It might not quite be as simple, but I've also seen its difficulty go down.

If you're looking for help for your Scrum teams please drop me a line.

Al Shalloway

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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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