Hi. It’s been a while since posting something up here at implementingscrum.com.
And to think when this blog started, these things did not even exist.
Heck, the Apple iPad was not even around us two years ago. Time flies.
One of the things that has not really changed over the past six years (since I have been blogging out on implementingscrum.com) are the tough conversations we have to have.
My fun cartoons and continuing to figure out how to bridge the gap between people and communications on a Scrum Team at work.
Side note: The original posting for this cartoon can be reviewed at www.implementingscrum.com/2006/09/25/scrum-the-silver-bullet-not/
Let’s limit them to our professional lives (as sometimes these conversations do not apply to our personal lives [for some people!]).
Over the years, Scrum has become the leading technique out in our little Agile world. It has crossed the chasm and entered into the mainstream.
Scrum is leading the charge to organizational change — both small and large (and even enormous) — claiming “we’re going Agile.”
Here’s the thing.
It is both a curse and a great benefit to many.
For those that really “get” it (whatever “it” is… and this could lead to some great discussions) Scrum is a game changer.
Unfortunately, this is a pretty small percentage of people, teams, and organizations.
Of course, this is not stopping the even larger percentage of people, teams, and organizations who are claiming to be “Doing Agile” or “Trying Little Parts of Agile.”
Remember… Scrum does NOT equal Agile.
Scrum focuses mostly on interactions between people.
Not the technical bla-bla (this technical bla-bla is what your customers hear when their eyes are glazing over like that awesome covering on Dunkin Donuts [which BTW has been YEARS since I have had one yummmmmm]).
So what’s up with this posting?
Is it just another rant?
It may just be the reminder to start calling what you are doing today what it really is.
And. It is probably not Scrum.
It is probably not even Agile.
So. What the hell are you doing?
And. Does it matter?
I write (and talk) a LOT about Scrum and starting the tough conversations in software development.
Where can you start the conversation?
My next couple of postings — AND comic strips — will talk about one of the most common conversations I have today when working with organizations who are trying to “Adopt Scrum.”
It’s a tough one, but one I have almost *daily* now with people all around the world.
I’ll share that with you — and be totally transparent — about this conversation and why it is SO important to have before you even get started with trying to “Adopt Scrum.”
Until then.. think about my challenge above.
Where, who, and why do you have to start having those difficult conversations?