If you’re a proponent of Scrum, and have been around the block for a while, you’ve probably also heard about the Nokia Test, or, the test for whether your company or team is doing Scrum well in two parts: Iterative Development and Scrum (Nokia’s version).
What happens when the standard falters? What happens when the supposed leaders show their true colors? Or is it not so much that Scrum failed, but that there were deeper issues at Nokia that led to failure?
Brad Murphy, Founder & CEO of Gear Stream, is telling the community to wake up:
“Today I want to call out the Scrum community who continues to promote the bankrupt idea that managing and building software oriented products and services will automatically be somehow “saved” or “revolutionized” by fostering the adoption of Scrum.” – Brad Murphy
Ouch. So wait a minute Brad, you sound like you’re taking a bite out of Scrum here.
Brad goes on to say that:
“If ever there was a poster child for Scrum it’s Nokia. For several years Nokia (among other companies) has passionately promoted and adopted Scrum across larges parts of its product development organization. It was so ardent in its adoption that it even used the “the Nokia Test” developed by practitioners at NSN (Nokia Siemens Network)…The belief among the Scrum/Agile zealots was simple… if you’re not practicing all the tenets of Scrum you can’t be successful.. Funny how history has a way of undermining those so certain of the future.”
Regardless of how you spin it, I believe that it would be worth taking a look at the deeper underpinnings of Nokia. There is more at work than just what the outside sees, right?
“The Nokia Test? I hope you’re not expecting to graduate just because you passed.”
The Nokia Test may be up for re-election… or not. Maybe it’s time, not to re-look at what the Nokia Test is, but rather look at the leadership and organizational aspects of your company. I would take a guess and say that it is not so much that Scrum failed, but that leadership failed.
[HT: Gear Stream]