Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Why Settle on Scrum?

Just found this article about Scrum at Yahoo. Gabrielle Benefield, Yahoo's top coach in Agile practices describes the process, and how it speeds up Web application delivery:

Q: Why settle on Scrum?

Gabrielle Benefield: Scrum is great etiquette for an organization. What happens is that if you want something that's very lightweight that can make a huge impact quickly, and be really simple to implement in its simplest form, Scrum is the way to go. It's really successful when you add on the engineering practices, things like some of the extreme programming techniques where they do a lot of testing, where you continuously build your software--things that improve the quality a lot. So Scrum tends to focus on a lot of collaboration, getting the team working, getting prioritization clearly defined, and then you add the engineering practices. And there are things called Lean that came out of the local processes from companies like Toyota, when they manufacture cars--ways of ridding waste through an organization, looking at [ways of] developing things called "just in time." So a lot of these influences are very strong in the Agile community

Read the whole aritcle from Campus Online: Lessons from a Yahoo Scrum Rollout

P.S. But will it save them from Microsoft?


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