This week Tony and I are finally reintroducing the weekly cartoon blogs after a bit of a hiatus. Sorry for the long wait; however, you should start seeing these on a weekly basis once again! I am going to try to take a different tact going forward — let’s see how it goes. I am going to present YOU with a scenario. And I want YOU to add comments as to how you would handle the scenario using Scrum. I will add comments to your comments to get a conversation going. Make sense?
If you have any ideas please contact me and we can talk about exploring them via a comic strip or even you writing a guest blog entry!
Here is the scenario:
You are running a Scrum Team in an organization that contains a large contingent of Waterfall Projects and surviving somehow in a command-and-control environment.
Maybe you even have multiple teams running at this point.
You are following the “Combo Approach” of rolling this out, and you have support of the team and a person at the highest level within the organization, so that when impediments are hit they can be cleared if you ask.
All of the sudden, there is a reorganization.
The Chickens have moved around.
Your Scrum Team inherits some very new Chickens with little experience using Scrum and are pretty tight when it comes to command-and-control management styles.
One of the new Chickens walks into the Scrum Team room and asks for status reports to start up again. In writing using the template this Chicken has always used to get control of projects.
You look at this Chicken in amazement.
You ask, “Why?”
This project seems to be out of control in the view of this Chicken.
“We also need to start having daily one hour status meetings from everyone in this group… Fifteen minutes is not enough. I (The Chicken) will run the meeting and set the agenda. It may have to be two times a day.”
The Chicken wants a “all hands” meeting at the end of the day today for a few hours.
The Chicken is thinking about instituting mandatory sixty hour work weeks.
The words “Microsoft Project” are thrown around.
The Chicken also wants to put the teams back into offices because their stature in the company is high — the team members have all been with the company for a long time and want their own offices back (according to the Chicken).
The Chicken wants to have an all day post moderm to determine the root cause of the problems with this team because the boss of the Chicken wants the Chicken to be in charge.
What do YOU do?
– As a Team Member?
– As a ScrumMaster?
– As a Product Owner?
– As “The Chicken”?
Comment on your responses.
Let’s get the conversation going!