Agile Zone is brought to you in partnership with:

Mike is a certified PMP project manager and a certified ScrumMaster. Mike was involved with the creation of the DSDM Agile Project Leader certification, holds this certification at the Foundation, Practitioner, and Examiner levels. Mike was named an honorary member of the DSDM consortium and served on the board of APLN and the Lean Software and Systems Consortium. He currently co-leads the PMI Agile Community of Practice. Mike is a DZone MVB and is not an employee of DZone and has posted 136 posts at DZone. You can read more from them at their website. View Full User Profile

Guaranteed Success With Scrum

05.07.2011
| 1009 views |
  • submit to reddit

At this point in my coaching career, I’ve worked with lots of teams, in lots of companies, trying to adopt Scrum. I’ve seen teams do exceedingly well… and I’ve seen a few totally crash and burn. I want to share a few things I believe to be non-negotiable if you are going to give Scrum a try.

1. Teams – You have to have a cross functional group of people that are dedicated to burning down the backlog.

2. Backlog – We have to have an extremely clear, fine grained, prioritized list of stuff to build.

3. Cadence – There has to be some agreed upon interval against we measure progress.

4. Done – The team has to know what done looks like at the end of each interval and some way to know they got there.

For me, that’s the non-negotiable core. Just about everything else in Scrum is derived from one or more of these basic needs. For me, that means everything else is negotiable. It also means that if you can make these four things happen, you wildly increase your chances for success.

References
Published at DZone with permission of Mike Cottmeyer, author and DZone MVB. (source)

(Note: Opinions expressed in this article and its replies are the opinions of their respective authors and not those of DZone, Inc.)

Comments

Muhammad Faiz replied on Fri, 2012/04/13 - 8:42am

If you define team as “cross functional group of people that are dedicated to burning down the backlog”, may I ask how you deal with bugs: Are bugs handled by some dedicated firefighting teams (that are not dedicated to burning down the backlog)?

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.