Monday, December 31, 2012

Scrum Goes Mainstream in France

As Scrum enters the mainstream, Xebia France has become one of the leading Scrum coaching companies for French developers. What they have noticed is that as Scrum expands, the basic ideas become watered down. For example, their Scrum Master Academy Rule #2, is the the Agile Manifesto is not a developers Bill of Rights.

In fact, the Agile Manifesto is not about the rights of a developer, it is about professionalism. This means (1) increasing your ability to help the team to a higher level of performance, (2) getting bug free software by the end of every sprint, (3) involving the customer, or the Product Owner as the representative of the customer, in all key decisions about development that will affect the end user, and (4) embracing change as fast as the customer can change his or her mind.

The inability of new agile developers to understand the basics has created significant problems. For example, over half of "agile" teams do not have working software at the end of the sprint. Somehow, they are not reading or understanding the Agile Manifesto.

As Mike Cron, All Blacks Scrum coach, says, "In the old days we used to just smash into something, maybe without quite knowing what we were doing. Here we are trying to get good technique and understand everything we are doing." Scrum is just like golf, we have to learn how to swing. And it's not so much about the rules of the game, it is how you play the game.

There are many pitfalls of Scrum to the new developer, and Scrum Master Academy has developed some basic techniques to avoid most of these pitfalls. If you want to be on a winning team in France, take a look at the Scrum Master Academy.

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