In which everything old is new again
A long time ago, in the dark ages, I worked somewhere where we practiced what would best be called “scrumfall“. In re-reading the Scrum Bible, I’m struck by how far we were from the theoretical roots of scrum; even now, in a small development setting, there is much daylight between scrum as written and as we practice. It’s interesting how many small details are glossed over in rough implementations of scrum: thirty day sprints, no more than seven people on a team, the backlog is controlled by one person; all of these rules have attractive reasons to be set aside, but also have sound theoretical basis.
My hope is that by everyone at work re-reading the scrum bible, we’ll reach a higher fidelity implementation of scrum and let a lot of stress go.
What I really wanted to do with this post, though, was to direct you to two web pages: the Waterfall Manifesto and Asshole Driven Development. There’s enough painfully true stuff there to, well, be painful.