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Overview of why SCRUM can add value to the development process.

Overview of why SCRUM can add value to the development process.

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  • 1. SCRUM Jeremy Thomas Development Manager Consumer Media
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    • SCRUM is a collaborative approach to building software. Testers, engineers, product developers and even IT work together from start to finish.
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    • SCRUM acknowledges that chaos is present in most system development projects. SCRUM maximizes the amount of chaos a project can embrace and still be successful through collaboration .
  • 4.
    • chaos = changing market demands, evolving requirements, miscommunication, misinterpretation.
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    • waterfall and chaos don’t get along.
  • 6.
    • waterfall wants order, predictability, known outcomes, benchmarks. Waterfall wants to predict the future .
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    • and because we’re so in touch with the future, we can anticipate how users will use the system six months from now.
  • 8.
    • so let’s put together a 300 page requirements document with all of the functionality we can think of.
  • 9.
    • then we’ll throw it at the code monkeys, I mean engineering team, and project managers to build our system for us.
  • 10.
    • the project managers, with their hierarchical command and control structure, will divide the work among disparate groups.
  • 11.
    • these groups will work independently , reporting status back to the command and control center once a week or so.
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    • and three months later, when it comes time for the modules these groups built to talk to each other, they’ll find they speak different languages and can’t communicate .
  • 13.
    • so they’ll work 80 hour weeks for the next month to fix that little problem.
  • 14.
    • oh yeah, and they’ll have to push out the project deadline by two months to compensate.
  • 15.
    • the system will finally be integrated, speaking one universal language, and the engineers will have a celebratory beer .
  • 16.
    • but then on Monday, when the business takes its first peek at the new system, they’ll organize an emergency meeting with the team leads.
  • 17.
    • because the system won’t look like what they envisioned five months ago when they predicted the future.
  • 18.
    • and between now and then things have changed , the business’ customers have demanded new features.
  • 19.
    • at the meeting the project managers and engineers will defend their positions , citing section numbers in the 300 page requirements document and saying “scope creep” a lot.
  • 20.
    • concessions will be made, and the company will deliver a product that nobody wants to use.
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    • and they’ll do this after being two months late and over budget .
  • 22.
    • or we could use SCRUM .
  • 23.
    • SCRUM divides projects into manageable sprints .
  • 24.
    • a sprint is a two to four week period where something of business value is delivered at the end.
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    • the project team is involved from start to finish. Design, testing and coding can all happen on the same day .
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    • testers, developers, marketers and product managers intermingle becoming one big happy family.
  • 27.
    • communication is constant.
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    • each day a 15 to 30 minute SCRUM meeting is held. Managers can watch, but they cannot talk.
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    • during the meeting, each team member answers three questions :
      • what did I do since the last SCRUM meeting?
      • what has impeded my work?
      • what will I do before the next SCRUM meeting?
  • 30.
    • inter-departmental collaboration
    • + frequent communication
    • = transparency .
  • 31.
    • transparency = reduced risk, better product.
  • 32.
    • requirements are delivered not in 300 page documents but as user stories .
  • 33.
    • user stories describe user experiences and have enough detail for SCRUM Masters to estimate effort ( size ).
  • 34.
    • A sample user story is “A consumer can upload and play videos on the website”
  • 35.
    • A sample user story is “A consumer can upload and play videos on the website”
  • 36.
    • The SCRUM team then adds detail to the user story during the course of the project and clarifies ambiguity .
  • 37.
    • User stories emphasize verbal communication .
  • 38.
    • “ Entrée comes with choice of soup or salad and bread”.
  • 39.
    • Does this mean:
    • Soup or (salad and bread)
    • (Soup or salad) and bread
  • 40.
    • The SCRUM Master has Authority over what details are permissible. His goal is to deliver at the end of the Sprint.
  • 41.
    • He has no friends . He makes the business prioritize. He makes the developers compromise.
  • 42.
    • At the end of the sprint the team shows off what they’ve done to the rest of the business.
  • 43.
    • The stakeholders already knew what they were getting and are happy .
  • 44.
    • The developers are happy too because they built something the business can use.
  • 45.
    • And everybody goes home to rest . Well at least until the next sprint begins...
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