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I thought that this would catch someone's eye based on this email thread -
here is one of the accepted topics for the Lone Writers SIG Progression at
the upcoming (May 2011) STC Conference:
Why Scrum does not work for the Lone Writer
Tammy Van Boening
Spectrum Writing, LLC
info -at- spectrumwritingllc -dot- com
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Behalf Of Kat Kuvinka
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Subject: RE: Scrum sucks!
ChrisD sez "don't blame scrum," but that is a good point, the overhead is a
I am constantly updating Rally. We not only have our scrum team meetings, we
have Scrum of Scrums every day. Sprint reviews, retros, and planning take an
I can go on but I have release planning to attend!
> I have found the scrum meetings to be pretty much a waste of my time.
> They are just conducted as status meetings, and even though the team is
> supposed to discuss issues and changes in the meetings, they don't. I am
> working with one team that changes the stories in midstream and doesn't
> tell me, so I get done and the tester tells me the last day of the scrum
> that topics are missing.
> If I went to all the scrum meetings for all the teams I work on, I
> wouldn't have any time to do any work, so I only go when I have status
> to report. I am documenting about 20 products, luckily not all at once.
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> On Behalf Of Kat Kuvinka
> Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 1:12 PM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Scrum sucks!
> 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
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