AW: Scrum sucks!

Subject: AW: Scrum sucks!
From: "Christine Leisgen" <Christine -dot- Leisgen -at- gmgcolor -dot- com>
To: "Kat Kuvinka" <katkuvinka -at- hotmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 09:23:15 +0200

Dear Kathee,

I am in pretty much the same situation.

* I am not attending any scrum meetings as I don't find them informative. I talk to developers directly. (Actually, after 10 years of experience in software dev, I am now quite good at getting the information I need... though it is still a lot of work, of course.)
* I am now involved in the UI design, this helps a lot in getting information on new features or changed UI.
* I make my own PBIs and cut down the documentation tasks so that I am able to get the work done.

It is working for me, but it is a lot of stress to work for so many projects in parallel. I need to readjust my own project plans a lot because other tasks have been shifted. Actually I would prefer more reliable schedules and more detailed specification documents, but that's not in my hands, of course.

Best regards, Christine

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> Gesendet: Mittwoch, 15. September 2010 15:30
> An: Kat Kuvinka; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Betreff: RE: Scrum sucks!
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> 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.
>
> Kay
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> Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 1:12 PM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Scrum sucks!
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> 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?
>
> Thanks,
> Kathee
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References:
Scrum sucks!: From: Kat Kuvinka
RE: Scrum sucks!: From: Robart, Kay

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