A few blogs ago
I wrote about starting on the agile scrum road. Did he jump or was he pushed? Not sure, but now I’m on my way and there’s nothing that can stop me now; its like learning to ride a bike all over again.
I’ve been riding around in a very safe world for the past umpteen years; plenty of customer challenge but a decreasing challenge to me personally. Now the stabalisers have been taken off, and I’m wobbling all over the place, but the grin is back on my face.
The whole scrum thing is really simple, and massively complicated at the same time. The process, and lets face it, I’m a process person, is really simple. Run a sprint, have a daily stand-up and Bobs-your-uncle, viable product is produced.
Except of course it isn’t that easy. And as you start to pry the lid off this particular can of worms it becomes more and more tricky.
For a start there appears to be dozens of flavours of agile scrum. From the rigid to the anarchic! I’ve been reading Mike Cohn’s Succeeding with Agile
and Ken Schwaber’s Agile Software Development
amongst others. Two of the founders and giants of agile scrum, now they have differing views. Read one book and you create a product backlog of your user stories before you start the first sprint, read a different book and you create them as you go along.
As my role at OptimalBI is to improve our capability it falls to me to make scrum fit best for us. I’m going to do what any consultant worth his salt would do and “be inspired by” the most appropriate bits from each to make the OptimalBI version.
Can’t wait, its going to be fun. And I'm sure there's going to be a few wobbles along the way!
Keep raking the moon,