Spinal Tap. Without a Lumbar Puncture. Painful?



One of the things I stories I have recently started talking about in my Certified ScrumMaster Workhops is about how Scrum really amplifies both the functional and dysfunctional aspects of an organization.

And the story I tell is that of an older movie called, “Spinal Tap.”

Ever hear of it?

If not, it is a “Rock-U-Mentary” about a fake band who gets followed around by a camera crew.

Ask anyone in your office about the “11″ line and have them do it in their best accent (they will know what you are talking about if they have seen the movie).

The main gist of that line is that during an interview, one of the band members asks why their amplifiers have an “11″ on them, instead of just the normal “10.”

Blank stare.

Then…. the band member says, “Because 11 is louder.”

And then the interviewer basically asks, “Why not just make 10 louder?”

Blank stare.

Band member, “Well, because this one’s got an eleven.”

So I may have screwed it up since it has been almost 25+ years since seeing the movie (I think… yikes!).

I have heard it is best watched in some kind of altered state; however, I would not condone or recommend that to anyone reading this article.

So what does an amplifier with an “11″ have to do with Scrum and introducing it into an organization?

Comments here are welcome again, as it seemed to spark some great discussions last week (scroll down to the bottom to see all the comments people have left… wow!) …. (of which I really need to go back and answer if appropriate)!

Here are my questions, but you can answer them (or your own) any way you’d like (It’s almost like being a moderator for the US Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates this year sigh):

1) What are the top five GREAT things that have been amplified in your organization when introducing Scrum?
2) What are the top five INSANE things (read: Dysfunctions) that have been amplified when introducing Scrum?

3) Was Scrum the cause of them?

4) Did Scrum force a change one way or the other?

Let’s see where it leads.

If anything, go watch the movie if you’ve got some time to kill :) .

Of course, that is AFTER you respond to the questions via comments back to the site!


Comments

  1. 1) What are the top five GREAT things that have been amplified in your organization when introducing Scrum?
    creativity, teamwork/collaboration, communication

    2) What are the top five INSANE things (read: Dysfunctions) that have been amplified when introducing Scrum? our engineering practices are “an opportunity area”, we can’t handle conflict, there’s little clicks of people who don’t like other clicks of people, management doesn’t support scrum, functional managers introduce a lot of scope creep, project manager doesn’t show the ‘true’(relative to scrum i think) status to the executives(prefers the ‘feelgood’ message),

    3) Was Scrum the cause of them?
    nope, however… i’m sure it’ll get blamed because we said ‘scrum’

    4) Did Scrum force a change one way or the other?
    no, see above about no exec management support and the ‘we’re always green status’

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