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how's it going I've worked on severalagile scrum teams I was instrumental inchanging one of our scrum teams over toKanban because I identified inefficiencies in the system and it simplymade more sense one of the primary rulesit handles scrum is that you can't haverole specialization because if you haverole specialization then the burndownchart doesn't make any sense the entiremodel falls apart you need a system inwhich everybody can pull from every taskand I've got to be honest I've neverseen that implemented 100% the firstcompany I was at that did true scrum orwelcome tried to do Jerusalem hadorganizational requirements for certainpeople people that implemented on oneenvironment weren't allowed to have thetitle of being the developer for thelower environment it was supposed to bea security protocol but it ended upgetting overridden anyway it was areally dumb rule and it may haveindirectly cost me my job but that'sthat's a different story that'scomplicatedwell they eventually dissolved theentire team the management was jacked atthat company but because it was autility utilities for whatever reasonhave very very bizarre managementstructures and there were a lot of verybad managers we'd have like 100successes you went from zero successesto 100 successes and then we'd have likefive or six minor issues there's alwayssome kind of minor issues the incidenceof minor issues were so rare that howyou could possibly count that as anegative is beyond me but somebody didthey said hey we didn't used to haveproblems now we have problems fire thewhole teamthe kind of management attitude isthat the thing is is that the majorityof the skills needed for that positionwasn't technical it was just how do youget stuff done in this organizationnothing ever got done and then finallyafter a year we figured out how to getstuff done we were kicking ass we werethe most qualified people in the entireworld to get things done in thatorganization and how were we rewardedwith the ticket to go get out of here Iwasn't gonna talk about that that wasn'tsupposed to be the point on that teamthere was a guy named V well that's hisnickname his name wasn't V that's whatwe called him though he was a scrumenthusiast he I've never seen anybody asexcited about a process as this I'veseen it people as excited about subjectssubject matters but not not processes hewould literally go home off work hoursand read like scrum books and he'd comein hey we got to try this new thing andI look I'll be honest sometimes it was alittle bit annoying but when I later goton dysfunctional teams and was presentedwith people who didn't want to change ordidn't want to try new things whoweren't interested in inefficienciesI'll tell ya I'll take V over over thatany day because you know somebody who'sexcited and wants to change is able toadapt if they're causing a problem whereas somebody who's stubborn and doesn'twant to change what I mean does thisreally need to be explained this ispretty obviousso anyways I've been going through thereexcuse meI've been going through variousdifferent teams usually usually it'sagile scrum and and we brought somewe're trying to bring the department upto speed I think that there was hopethat I could be instrumental in in youknow getting some process change becausethere seems to be a lot of pushback youtry to change it's a big departmentchange just doesn't happen so we areseeing some positive change where we gota dedicated scrum master before beforeit was just kind of like an interimposition passed to a developer and it'sjust like okay well you got to do thisnow here's your baton or something andthat's sort of worked not really becausenobody knew what they were doing and andwhat to be honest people didn't careabout process it almost seems like mostof the people consider process itself aninhibitor to getting things done and Idon't think that's the right way to lookat it but if enough people believe thatyou can believe that it's going to behard to change a department especiallywhen there's certain holdovers from oldwaterfall methodology and you know whatit may just be as simple as being areally old product people get set intheir ways once something's been aroundfor a while people been around for awhile people get set in their ways and Idon't hold that against anybody so whatwe did was we pulled a manager and wesent them to you know agile scrum mastercollege and we brought in some teachersyou know we're trying to get people upwith the the scrum methodology and I gotto be honest the changes are really goodthere there's still some some ways to gothere'sa little bit of holdovers there'sspecific things that me and a few of mymy close teammates want that otherpeople don't seem to be buying into butI'm getting distracted there's there'stechnical problems there's lots ofproblems every project has problems andyou can overcome that as long as yourdynamic agile alike that's the word Ishould be using sometimes it can befrustrating though it feels like you'rebeating against a brick wall becausewhen there's an inefficiency and it'snot some minor trivial thing that youcan just resolve it's just like you needthis department to do something and theywon't do it that's that can be extremelyfrustrating you know it's a you knowsomething that should take a daysuddenly becomes a week and then a weekbecomes a month and eventually you'rejust like well why are we even trying toimprove this is this is so fundamentallybroken I'm my personal favorite mypersonal favorite was we were told tostop asking that our work be donebecause they were doing a processimprovement to improve their output soit's like don't complain that the outputis down because they're doing a processimprovement and you're low on the totempole but I mean

No team is perfect
And it seems like no company, at least that I’ve worked for, follows agile-scrum to the T, breaking even the most fundamental rules.
Nevertheless, the mere ATTEMPT at being open to change and refining process is often enough to help a team be more productive and make higher quality work.

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Agile Software Development with Scrum (Series in Agile Software Development)

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Sales Rank 50542 Schwaber, Ken/ Beedle, Mike

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