In Defense of the Half-Assed, part 1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ed Willis   
Friday, 20 August 2010 00:20

Posted a this over at Rally.  It's an analysis of one particular form of "scrumbut" - starting with Scrum in parts of the organization besides development.  Here's an excerpt:

Can you deploy Scrum to a test team?

Half MoonScrum is at its heart a product development process.  How can you leave the part of the organization – development – that actually makes product out of any Scrum deployment? Does it even make sense for other parts of the organization to be “doing Scrum” if development is somehow doing something else? Wouldn’t you be working towards what would be, at best, a half-assed deployment of Scrum?

Craig Larman and Bas Vodde in their wonderful book Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development certainly agree: “…a so-called test team Scrum is a contradiction in terms.” Ken Schwaber in The Enterprise and Scrum doesn’t seem to admit the possibility of deploying to functional groups – it’s projects he’s envisioning deploying to. For example, consider this advice for early goers of an enterprise-wide adoption of Scrum: “Establish preconditions that must be met before a project can use Scrum.”

You can read the article in its entirety here.

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