RE: Scrum sucks!

Subject: RE: Scrum sucks!
From: Kat Kuvinka <katkuvinka -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>, <info -at- spectrumwritingllc -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 15:26:28 -0400



I feel that scrum has many built-in contradictions. You should be able to respond to change, yet you must commit to your goals. Process is undervalued, yet the process must be followed to do scrum right. I could go on. As I mentioned, we were committed to Scrum from the get-go. We have had training. We also do team-building. We have our personalities evaluated. We have open work areas...

I don't think I am alone in my frustration. What I suspect is, Scrum has some optimal team size level.

>
> My intent is not to disrespect but to shed light on the possibilities.
> It's absolutely possible to make things work, but the trick is that
> the changes have to be embraced. I fully realize there are
> organizations that - for whatever reason - do not embrace change well
> and do not deal with issues appropriately. That certainly doesn't mean
> that we should take our eyes off the prize.
>
> I asked you about the session because you posted about it, and assumed
> you were the speaker (plugging your session). Wrong assumption on my
> part.
>
> On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 11:59 AM, Spectrum Writing
> <info -at- spectrumwritingllc -dot- com> wrote:
> > Bill,
> >
> > 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."
>
> --
> Bill Swallow
>
> Twitter: @techcommdood
> Blog: http://techcommdood.com
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References:
Scrum sucks!: From: Kat Kuvinka
RE: Scrum sucks!: From: Robart, Kay
RE: Scrum sucks!: From: Kat Kuvinka
RE: Scrum sucks!: From: Spectrum Writing
Re: Scrum sucks!: From: Bill Swallow
RE: Scrum sucks!: From: Spectrum Writing
Re: Scrum sucks!: From: Bill Swallow

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