Re: When to write in less-than-perfect Agile

Subject: Re: When to write in less-than-perfect Agile
From: Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 14:10:19 -0400

On Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 9:49 AM, McLauchlan, Kevin <
Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:

> So do you normally find it valuable to do any writing - as opposed to
> planning and research - in the early sprints leading to a release? Or does
> it reliably make more sense for you to hold off until the Jell-o begins to
> set a bit, before trying to nail it to the wall?

I'm always writing, even if it's just a list of things that I think I need
to write about (or research, or check at the end of the Sprint, or
questions to ask....You get the idea.).

> For bonus points, is anyone being successfully Agile, where the Product
> Manager does NOT attend a significant number of scrums (any...)?

I've worked on teams where the Product Manager is at every meeting, and
teams where the Product Manager only showed up for Sprint demos, and both
seemed to work OK.

For further bonus points, is anyone being successfully Agile where your
> Scrum Masters are just the engineering team leaders and managers, and NOT
> people whose primary duty is leading/driving sprints and scrums? In other
> words, is a purpose-built Scrum Master necessary for Agile success, or can
> it be just anybody with the discipline and clout to keep meetings on track
> and moving briskly, and maybe they read (part of) a book about Agile?

At four different jobs now, I don't think I've ever worked somewhere were
we had someone whose sole role was just to be a Scrum Master. Our scrum
masters have always been engineering managers, or one of the team leads or
a developer.

Julie Stickler
Blogging about Agile and technical writing
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