Software methodology question

Subject: Software methodology question
From: anne_mcdonough -at- teamsignal -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 09:34:48 -0400

Hi gang. My company is trying to rein in the chaos of our current software
development methods (let's just say it's casual) and impose some order. We
are meeting tomorrow to discuss SCRUM, some methodology my boss found on
the web ( Has anyone out there used this method?
Does it work? What do you like and dislike about it? And to keep that
tech comm connection, has it made your life harder or easier as the tech
writer? I am the lone tech writer (been doing this for 13 years) and all
we deliver to the client is online help. So I am in the midst of writing
online help for the version in use now (using Lotus Notes, don't even get
me started on that) and we have no specs. I've worked in chaos for
years,so that isn't a problem. Our next software delivery is a big change
and everything will be on the web. So, we are trying to rein in the chaos
and be much more organized for this delivery. Any feedback on SCRUM would
be appreciated. Any attempts at using an actual methodology will be met
with great resistance by the developers, so if you found that SCRUM eases
the pain, please let me know.


Anne McDonough


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