Title: Ken Schwaber on “Flaccid Scrum – A New Pandemic?”
When: Thursday, 06/18/09 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Where: MIT Building 26, Room 100, Cambridge, MA – Cambridge
Scrum has been a very widely adopted Agile process, used for managing such complex work as systems development and development of product releases. When waterfall is no longer in place, however, a lot of long standing habits and dysfunctions have come to light. This is particularly true with Scrum, because transparency is emphasized in Scrum projects.
Some of the dysfunctions include poor quality product and completely inadequate development practices and infrastructure. These arose because the effects of them couldn’t be seen very clearly in a waterfall project. In a Scrum project, the impact of poor quality caused by inadequate practices and tooling are seen in every Sprint.
Ok, that sounds like like a pretty obscure line. But that’s kinda the point. This article from Agile Observations from the Trenches blog. Yeah, it’s an article about Agile software development. But it’s really about accomplishing any goal.
It’s really worth reading the article, but here’s what that title is about: Sometimes you need to accomplish task Foo, but then you realize you first need to accomplish task Bar, and then before Bar you need to do task Baz, and so on. It’s easy to lose sight of the original goal, and then you’re really in trouble.
A fairly religious Jewish friend posted on Facebook today that he “broke a molar eating a shrimp today. Interpretations?” Needless to say the jokes came fast and furious. But along with the jokes came a link to the Got Hates Shrimp website. Pretty clever, if you have good reading comprehension skills and working satire detector.