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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I'm a Project Manager, how will we organize projects with Scrum?
Scrum has no Project Managers. Projects are generally only focussed on developing something, whereas Scrum Teams design, create and sustain something. Managers are generally responsible for something or some people, whereas Scrum Teams are self-organizing.
In Scrum - as long as a product exists, it has a Product Backlog of everything that will be done to it. That includes, but is not limited to what can be termed 'projects', however it is ordered so that working on it, produces the maximum amount of value, first.
In project management, value is assumed to be a function of the 'iron triangle' - this budget, spent in this time, with this scope of solutions will make the project done. Quality is a cost to these variables: running out of time or money whilst still making the same scope will lead to reducing the quality. This is working ‘inside out’ - from what we can make, towards value for customers.
About a year ago, I went to a training given by Sandra Bouckaert and Lydie van de Laar on the basics of Deep Democracy. My wife was 35 weeks pregnant and I was working on a project with worryingly limited financing so I was not exactly in the perfect 'zen' mindset for a day of mind-battering brainstorming. I expected to leave the day dazed and confused, yet found myself in the car buoyed up and even excited about what I had just experienced.
Deep Democracy is a method developed in South Africa at the end of the apartheid regime and specializes in getting minority views heard. It is concurrently a team-building tool and an ideation tool.