The Scrum approach to agile software development marks a dramatic departure from waterfall management. Scrum and other agile methods were inspired by its shortcomings. Scrum emphasizes collaboration, functioning software, team self management, and the flexibility to adapt to emerging business realities.

Universal Impediments

Submitted by admin on Fri, 02/06/2009 - 09:33

Over at Computerworld’s web site, I just read an interesting interview with Christophe Louvion, who has been serving as a ScrumMaster at online ad network Gorilla Nation for about a year. Louvion doesn’t get too deep into what it takes to transform an organization to Scrum, but his answers will likely remind you ScrumMasters who read this blog that the challenges you face are not limited to your organization. For example, he had to convince management to re-organize teams to be cross-functional, regrouping teams by “product and value streams”; he still has to persuade middle-managers to be “impediment-removers,” not taskmasters; and he still prefers developers with team-friendly soft skills over genius coding knowhow. If these sound like familiar scenarios (and I’m sure they do), at least you’re not alone… :)


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