Thursday, August 25, 2011

Joe's Unofficial Scrum Checklist

Henrik Kniberg did a Scrum Checklist a while ago.

Occasionally students at courses ask me for a similar thing.

One always wonders: what are the most important questions to ask? What are the most important things to consider?

Nothing that is somewhat short can address all the issues one finds in the real world, with all the different teams one encounters.

So, with that in mind, with some thoughts about Henrik's good work, and other issues percolating in my mind, I wrote a new version.  Based partly on Henrik's work.  And purposefully not as pretty. (An admission: I used to be a Big 6 consultant and was forced to produce 'pretty' presentations. And my rule was: "The prettier the presentation is, the stupider it is." I guess in part because all the ideas are pre-digested. Anyway, that is my bias.)

Here is my version 1.1:

Remember that the purpose of Scrum is to make you think for yourself (well, as a team), not to lull you into not thinking.

Use common sense (the most uncommon of the senses).

I welcome your feedback.
Hope you find it useful.


Gary Reynolds said...

This is a really good, comprehensive list.

I also like the way, along with other 'desirables', you recognise that the co-location of teams (while preferable) is not always possible in the real world.

I've been giving this some thought recently and wrote an article on my initial thoughts (Team co-location).

When you say 'how well have the impediments of distributed Scrum been addressed?' what specific impediments did you personally have in mind?

Lisa Warn said...

I like the fact that the scrum checklist covers all the scrum meetings , with these it provides a great work environment for experts and beginners to get started with it.