Sometimes Daily Scrum Meeting are not working. The meetings don’t release the power of the team get together in a “Scrum”. This blog post contains a list of smells to detect bad daily stand-up meetings.
“Agile leaders lead teams, non-agile ones manage tasks. How many project managers spend hours detailing tasks into Microsoft Project and then spend more hours ticking off task completions? Unfortunately, many project managers like this task oriented-approach because it is concrete, definable, and completion seems finite. Leading teams, on the other hand, seems fuzzy, messy, undefinable, and never complete. So naturally some people gravitate to the easier – managing tasks.” Reference: “Agile Project Management”, Jim Highsmith, Addison-Wesley, Second Edition
The article “Managing the Pipeline” by Mary Poppendieck discuss the project planning and usage of resources. Exhorting workers to estimate more carefully and project mangers to be more diligent in meeting deadlines is not going to remove variation from projects. We need to change the rules of the game!
The article “<a href=”http://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/system/article/file/12/UpsideOfDownsizing.pdf”>The Upside of Downsizing</a>” describes how a project was successfully downsized from 100 to 12 developers. To make such a dramatic adjustment the development process was switched to Scrum and user stories.
Jeff Sutherland is a co-creator of Scrum with Ken Schwaber. He is now Chairman of the Scrum Training Institute and CEO of Scrum, Inc. His Scrum blog is a resource that you must read and follow if you are interested in Scrum.
Scrum.org was founded by Ken Schwaber, one of the creators of Scrum,. Schwaber initially attempted to develop Scrum.org’s programs while part of the Scrum Alliance. Ultimately, he found that to accomplish his goal of improving Scrum knowledge, training, and implementations, he would need to break away from the Scrum Alliance. Scrum.org offers scrum resources, assessments, certifications and training programs. http://www.scrum.org/
This post presents what is successful project management and reasons for the popularity of Scrum.