Monday, January 21, 2008

Getting Started

This is a new blog about Scrum.

Scrum is a Project Management Framework, right? Well yes and no. Scrum is both a tool for managing projects, but is also a way of life. The heart of Scrum is a simple cycle: Plan, Do, Evaluate, Improve. On the one hand, Scrum empowers the team to get things done. On the other, it empowers the Scrum Master to recognize and remove impediments. This makes Scrum the tip of much larger icebergs, Lean Software Development and Lean Product Development.

The core idea of Lean is eliminating waste. This idea has already transformed manufacturing and has tremendous potential to transform service oriented businesses. A team that implements Scrum will quickly become more efficient, but also start to discover the waste, delays and inefficiencies elsewhere in the organization. Converting the first team to Scrum is potentially the first step in transforming the organization to a higher, more efficient level.

This blog will address the topics that I address professionally:
  1. Getting started with Scrum. Getting the first team working with Scrum.
  2. Crisis Project Management. The project is behind and over budget. Everyone is unhappy and no one sees the way forward. What now?
  3. Transforming IT into a Lean Organization - what would it mean to reduce the concept-to-release-time of major projects from 3 years down to 1 year, or even less? How do we do that?

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