RE: Scrum sucks!

Subject: RE: Scrum sucks!
From: "Spectrum Writing" <info -at- spectrumwritingllc -dot- com>
To: "'Bill Swallow'" <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 09:59:52 -0600


I don't know, just the topic itself was listed. I do know that from personal
experience in not one, but two separate organizations, that as a lone
writer, Scrum was indeed difficult. Yes, it can work without "hummingbird
behavior," but the effort to make it work darn near overwhelmed the ultimate
objective of getting documentation done. I make the analogy to the physical
sciences - some things simply aren't scalable in either direction.

I am glad that you seemed to have gotten Scrum to work for you as a Lone
Writer, but don't discount the experiences and emotions of those of us who
have suffered it. We weren't the only ones on the teams and w/out all of the
team members understanding their roles and w/ the organizations just
throwing scrum into place w/out any formal research or training in it (in
both of the organizations that I was because it was the latest buzzword and
the CTOs in both places loved over using the phrase "we need to be on the
bleeding edge"), it was a nightmare.

Different people on these lists have different experiences with the same
things and we need to respect that w/out judging them or coming down on them
like we "know it all."

My two cents worth,


Tammy Van Boening
Spectrum Writing, LLC
info -at- spectrumwritingllc -dot- com

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Swallow [mailto:techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:53 AM
To: info -at- spectrumwritingllc -dot- com
Cc: Kat Kuvinka; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Scrum sucks!

Does the session cover how it *can* work for the lone writer?

There are many options for making multi-team scrum work with one
writer in place that don't involve hummingbird behavior.

On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 10:42 AM, Spectrum Writing
<info -at- spectrumwritingllc -dot- com> wrote:
> 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

Bill Swallow

Twitter: @techcommdood


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