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Scrum Failure Modes in Small Business

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Presentation given at Brisbane Scrum meetup

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Scrum Failure Modes in Small Business

  1. 1. Identifying Scrum Failure Patterns <ul><li>Studying FAIL to help us do better next time </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Steve Dalton </li></ul><ul><li>http://refactor.com.au </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  2. 2. Who is Steve Dalton? <ul><ul><li>Software Engineer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doing Agile/XP since 2000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CSM in June 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passionate about networking and love being a &quot;connector&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-founder of Refactor - Agile Software Consultancy based on Gold Coast </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>http://twitter.com/spidie </li></ul><ul><li>http://linkedin.com/in/dalton </li></ul>
  3. 3. &quot;Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.&quot; - Oscar Wilde
  4. 4. Format of presentation <ul><ul><li>Some common Scrum failure patterns in small companies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Product Owner </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organisational </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Team </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some general tips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Questions/Discussion </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. 1. No/Bad Product Owner <ul><ul><li>Poor domain knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reluctance to give written requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Politics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Them/Us mentality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of process or process for no apparent reason (eg. TPS reports) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. 2. Organisational Issues <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Role clarity - too many hats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dedicated resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Line management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor working environment </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. 3. The Team <ul><ul><li>Not doing Standups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Carrying&quot; weak members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toxic team members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over-protective team members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Testers not fully engaged </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reluctance to use new methods (eg. TDD, XP) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What to do <ul><ul><li>Recognise when you are in a failure mode and act FAST </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scrummasters - ASK THE TEAM! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don't be scared of wearing the Black Hat . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ALWAYS, ALWAYS do retrospectives. Make them interesting, mix them up a bit. Remember: Inspect & Adapt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>STAND UP to management. It may get you fired... but it feels damn good and you will be a better person in the long run! </li></ul></ul>It's frustrating, but if all else fails....   
  9. 9. Go in for a little anger management or do a presentation at a meetup on it..
  10. 10. <ul><li>Saturday 29th November </li></ul><ul><li>Rooms 1.18/1.19, Building G30 </li></ul><ul><li>Griffith Uni, Southport Campus </li></ul><ul><li>Learn stuff, meet people, have fun! </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>http://barcamp.org/BarCampGoldCoast </li></ul>

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