Many organizations that are going agile are experiencing difficulties in applying the whole concept. Most of them yield and make some kind of adaption to better suit their current situation. Ken Schwaber, the father of Scrum, thinks this is just a way to avoid dealing with the true problems in the organization. He calls them “ScrumButs”.
In my organization we only fulfill two thirds of the Scrum Checklist, so I guess that makes us ScrumButs. I’m not going to feel bad about it though; Change takes time and we’re pretty happy we’ve gotten as far as we have. But Ken’s right, we really should do something about our most difficult problems and go the full ten yards. Maybe later. 🙂
A quick WordPress note in case anyone else gets this problem.
Ever since I changed to the iNove theme I have – unknowingly – had a problem with my site in Internet Explorer. The first comment was always blank. Well, it was there in the web page, it just didn’t show in any IE browser. It turned out that I had a deprecated plugin activated. I removed it and now your comments should show again.
I’ve just finished writing an article on common software development principles for a swedish computer magazine (Datormagazin, the article is scheduled for the may issue). The research work for the article was great fun and gave me the opportunity to freshen up on stuff that sunk into some kind of sub-conscious knowledge state years ago.
Anyway, I compiled a list of the principles I think are worth knowing. You can find it in the Principles section of this website.