Are YOU saying this TODAY about Scrum (or Agile)?
Or… do you know someone who is saying (OK… maybe THINKING) this?
This posting is for you (or send it to someone who you see freaking out about having to DO this).
If this is NOT you… please move along (or read this and be happy you are not here today).
First things first.
Scrum is nothing new. Neither are the concepts around “Agile.”
Scrum does NOT solve your problems. Sorry.
Scrum is not THE solution. Sorry.
Scrum is a framework that actually EXPOSES all the dysfunctions in your organization; this could be a team, division, company, NGO, government, non-profit, or ????.
What does this mean if you have been told that you MUST move to an Scrum and Agile?
Some naysayers will tell you to bend over and kiss your ass good-bye. It’s not THAT bad.
Many people have been “burned” by attempting to try Scrum and Agile in an environment that was not ready. Read more in this blog about some of the stories of people who have AND what people have done to avoid that situation.
What can you DO?
1) Learn from others. This requires conversations with people. Some of them may be tough. You are not re-inventing the wheel here. Get a mentor or coach (inside or outside your organization).
2) Get some training for yourself, your team, and your stake holders. Get buzzword compliant at a minimum. Buzzword compliance does not mean you will be successful. This takes time and training can show you what’s coming.
3) Is your first “pilot” project in RED already? Identify someone with enough political capital to take fire cover for you.
5) Get ready to Focus and #deliver. Remember this is not an “IT” thing — it involves people in your organization working together.
That’s IT? You’ve GOT to be kidding….
This five step list above seems pretty simple.
Start with simple.
It’s not as bad as it may look at the moment. It requires a change and if you are not ready to change, please STOP and just keep doing whatever you are doing today (it’s gotten you this far, right?!?).
Free. No sales-pressure.
Here is the thing… I am not a mind reader. I DO have experience being where you are today and I help people navigate this daily (and, I also use these techniques in running my own business).
It starts with a conversation between two people.
I am available for that conversation (or find someone who is open to doing this with you!).
NOTE: This comic strip was originally published on July 23, 2007 under the topic of: “ScrumMaster = Snake Oil Salesman?“.
Try learning some new techniques too (see my last posting on NVC and Scrum).