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Ironically, my company is very new and we started with Scrum!
(I gave up veal, but not pork)
> Thanks, I'll be here all week! Try the veal!
> But seriously, think about rugby (source of the scrum model)... Do you
> really think they allow team members to run from one simultaneous game
> to another? Of course not! Scrum is entirely about a unified effort to
> get a specific thing done. If they're stringing you across scrums,
> then you're not in the scrum. It's that simple. Pull off your pink
> snout and curly tail, you silly chicken!
> I've seen way more than my fair share of failed attempts at scrum.
> Companies seem to think that they can jump right into it and sling the
> buzzword around without actually changing anything. Going from a
> matrix-organized waterfall project model (which is sounds like your
> company used to use, as most did/do) to scrum requires significant
> investment in CHANGE. It could be as simple as Dev and QA picking up
> the ol' typewriter and banging out docs in support of the scrum, or it
> could be a fundamental shift in staffing solutions to fit a multi-team
> scrum model to afford each scrum team a full blend of contributing job
> Or, you are made (or given) a Scrum Master entirely dedicated to Docs
> Scrums that, iteration by iteration, take the end result of a scrum or
> collection or scrums and produce documentation for them. Your team
> would have Dev and QA in it to assist with writing, testing, and
> fixing documentation-related stuff, whether it be beefing up docs for
> a future release, fixing/improving Help, or what have you.
> But having you flit from scrum team to scrum team mid-scrum is not
> remotely any form of good scrum practice. You're not committed to the
> team (a pig), you are merely being involved (chicken). And since your
> product is dire to the success of the scrum, this simply cannot be.
> On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 2:33 PM, Pro TechWriter
> <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> > So often you have the BEST answer, Bill! I had to laugh. You are right!
> > PT
> > On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 1:24 PM, Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
> > wrote:
> >> When you start actually using scrum, let me know. That depiction of
> >> scrum is like BP's depiction of responsibility. ;-)
> >> On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 2:11 PM, Kat Kuvinka <katkuvinka -at- hotmail -dot- com>
> >> wrote:
> >> > I really like it at first! There was one me, one tester, three teams,
> >> > and about a dozen developers. Docs were part of the DoD and I thought it was
> >> > a great way to be on top of every new or changed feature.
> >> >
> >> > Now there are 7 teams, about 30 developers, 6 testers, and still one me.
> >> > OK, I exaggerate, we have a contract writer, but she is dedicated to one
> >> > team, and I still have to support that team. And she is leaving soon.
> >> >
> >> > I am going to campaign for more writers, but in the meantime, any
> >> > suggestions?
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