I've written a blog post on our company blog about 'Scrum Studio' - a developing idea about how to re-think your teamwork to be simple, end-to-end and with ways to adopt it. In short: my take on the missing bits of Scrum. A special shoutout to Gunther Verheyen and the rest of the Scrum Caretakers - as well as the fantastic members of Studio 800 and Team Oranje at Mirabeau.
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A not-so-recent post by user story god Mike Cohn drifted into my
timeline today. I had just finished a user story mapping session at a
ended our user story mapping session with three user stories as
candidates for top-of-backlog that would clearly bring huge value to our
client and a whole wall full of user stories that ranged from pretty
cool to utterly pointless. In the evening I also received a bunch of
time-sheets telling me how each team member had spent their hours. How are
these two related?
Being a workaholic
I'm Dennis and I'm a recovering workaholic. I've had some pretty bad
binges. I once worked so hard that I forgot when I had last eaten. My
wife had to tell me that it had probably been more than 36 hours as I
had left for the office the day before without breakfast and I hadn't
left the office except for a quick cat-nap in between. I had a headache
and was a bit dizzy but she had to point out to me that that probably had to …
Continuous Improvement, Autonomy, Validation - these terms are becoming so worn that they feel like business jargon. But if you have experienced the pain that Stagnation, Command & Control and Big Bang Deployment brings, you have ample reason not to look back. The mild embarrassment that comes with joining the 'Agile cult' is greatly outweighed by the soul-numbing awfulness that is the alternative.
Although the above is my experience too, this is not that story. I have also had experiences with Chaos - the inferno that regularly erupts in Startupland and in many Open Source projects. It, not Agile, is the real antithesis to the frozen hell that is Waterfall/Taylorism/TheoryX. This is not that story either. I actually started appreciating what I now call the Agile mindset, on a sailing boat.