Welcome back to a new day at www.implementingscrum.com.
So this past week I have watched Scrum be called a lot of names and publicly flogged for some of it’s practices.
Get over it.
Remember, Scrum helps people, teams, and organizations transform their business to be the best it can be.
Are there other things out there that can make that claim?
However (you knew one was on the way!)….
Scrum works in a lot of different environments.
This is from personal experience. With teams working and using Scrum around the world.
Then I see this blog entry by a guy named Jason Gorman (a great chap from the UK); the title of the entry was, “How Scrum Spreads – The Scrum Viral Life Cycle.“
I thought, wow, that is an interesting way of looking at things, and sent him a note to let him know I liked the article (maybe not agree with everything there) and then asked him to come to my site to check it out.
At it he came. The posting where he replied is currently down, because it seems like some people were offended by what he wrote. So, I will summarize (from my recollection) of what he said about this blog (www.implementingscrum.com) in his blog:
[This struck me, but wow…. the parallels he made were pretty good from my perspective — I did not even realize I was doing this]
This is from my vantage point and memory…
He created a little cartoon with some religious overtones (this is what I think ticked off some of his readers). I thought it was kinda cute. Not our style in the least; however, any time I see someone attempting to create a cartoon on any agile topic I usually get a good laugh (as long as I am not drawing them). The blog entry talked about how I write my blog in a way a lot of preachers talk at the pulpit.
I do not see me as a preachy sort of person. Heck, I laugh when I see some of those late night Church Folks (anyone remember the Church Lady from Saturday Night Live??).
Annneeeway…. over the weekend Jason took down the postings because he did not want to offend anyone on his site.
Two words to his reader:
This blog is meant to poke fun at what a lot of us actually do for a living. It is pretty edgy sometimes — on purpose — and tries to get its readers into a mindset where maybe — and this is a big maybe — they will question the way they are working today and see if it makes sense to try something new.
I will close this blog entry with an invitation to Jason to re-post his original entry over the weekend over on our site here. I will post it un-edited and may comment on it after that is posted here. I’ll take any “heat” from the community, and want to really find out if this really is a problem within the Agile Community.
And if it is…. why is that?
This could be a total dud.
Or a great way to open up some discussions with the readers of this blog and many others in the Agile Software Development Space.
[Updated February 6, 2008 — More Here!]
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February 4, 2008