Ken Schwaber, national Agile Thought Leader and co-developer of the Scrum development framework, was the keynote speaker at the Central Ohio Agile Alliance’s (COHAA) 2nd Annual “Path to Agility” Conference this past month on May 26, 2011.
Here are some memorable quotes from an interview of him with the folks over at IT Martini:
“No, I’m not trying to change the entire organization, but change in software development does change an organization.” – In reference to whether Scrum is less about changing IT software and product development and more about changing how organizations get work done.
“A methodology tells you what to do, a process is a framework to establish some boundaries. A methodology cannot possible tell people what do to when they’ve never been there.” – In reference to Scrum not being a methodology, but rather a process.
“Scrum is like buying a mirror and then creating a program to look in it several times a week. You will get a critical assessment of what you look like.”
“Selling a product means saying ‘this is the answer to your problems’ and ‘if you buy this, you will be excellent.’ Scrum, on the other hand, is used to ‘find out,’ selling an idea removes the belief in a silver bullet.”
“A support center with a complicated work flow, a support center is a huge flow of similar things. ‘Unique things’ is the home ground of Scrum.” – On when NOT to use Scrum.
As always. Telling it like it is.
[HT: IT Martini]