This past weekend, like every weekend, I go to Whole Foods with my wife for our weekly food run. While sampling some of the very good wine, I ran into an old neighbor that I hadn’t seen in years.
We ended up having a long conversation about his company doing this whole “Agile and Scrum thing.” I found myself saying things like the following to help clarify his questions:
- “Yes, that is Agile.”
- “No, that’s not a Scrum principle.”
- “Yes, that’s part of iterative development.”
- “Well, that isn’t explicitly in Agile…”
- “Well, Scrum doesn’t prescribe you to do…
- “No, that would be waterfall…”
- “Can we… I… get back to drinking free wine?…”
Sometimes it’s best to just get working. Forget what it’s called. Agile, Scrum, a lamp, who cares. Learn about some better practices in software development and get moving. Pick and choose some facets of Agile that make sense. Wash, rinse, repeat. Iterate, take another Agile principle, implement, find the value, go again. Take small steps.
- Start with Kanban – A lightweight way to see progress
- Start with User Stories and then some Estimation of User Stories
- Start with Daily Standups
- Start with watching a video on Scrum
- Start with a Workshop on an Agile Principle
- Start by identifying your Product Owner
Time is awastin’! Get to it!