I recently read a brilliant article on the myth that Scrum is faster and cheaper than traditional development. I highly recommend reading it, and no, I’m not affiliated with the writer or Scrum.org!
The article articulated something I feel is poorly understood. Following the ceremonies, roles and artifacts of Scrum is not a faster way of developing software. In fact, I am fairly certain that if you had two similar teams, gave them the same large specification and had one team develop to that specification using two week increments and the other using a waterfall approach, the second team would finish earlier. Why? (I’ll explain the underlining below) Continue reading
I’m going to make a bit of a radical proposal here. I propose that we add the following to the Agile Manifesto:
We value interpersonal skills over technical knowledge
I’m not really proposing that we change the manifesto. I’m also not stating that technical knowledge is not extremely important. Remember that the Agile Manifesto states that we value the things on the left more than the right, but we still value the things on the right. I’m just making a point that I think a lot of organizations miss that affects their ability to really get the most out of Agile and Scrum.
I’ve been working at refreshing my technical skills lately, primarily by experimenting with Google’s Appengine in Java and learning Python through some online courses. This has lead to a number of realizations, but perhaps the most important was the one I had today. Continue reading