This is going to be a great week. After having studied Scrum (and Agile and Lean) from a lot of sources, I’m going off to Scrum master certification with Jeff Sutherland this week.
I am really excited about this, as it seems to me that Scrum embodies such a huge amount of common sense. I have lived for many moons in this industry (by the way, why is it called an industry? That concept seems to go completely against the Agile philosophy!) and know the hardships imposed by the old models. So everybody I know – inside and outside the software business – have been hearing me going on about the beauty of the whole thing for quite a while now.
I’ve been through one variation on Scrum already, not doing the whole package, but taking the benefits of the agility and close cooperation with daily iterations in a small project that was delivered spot on the target: pricewise, timewise and qualitywise.
It will be interesting to see how our organization will react to full blown Scrums. Internal marketing of the concept will probably very important, but potentially the methodologies in and behind Scrum could become a part of not just the way IT works, but change the whole organization!