A Distributed Scrum Challenge: How We Turned Certain Failure into Success
What happens to a software product when its development is moved from Seattle to Chennai, its team is cut down to four people, and it is given to a first-time product owner located on the other side of the world from his team? Against the odds, and using Scrum and Agility, Nithya Thirugnanasundaram and Caleb Brown not only rose to the challenge, they doubled product sales and increased the renewal rate from 47% to 92%. In this experience report, you will learn the specific practices Nithya and Caleb used to overcome challenges such as communication, quality, tasking, interruptions – and never having met face-to-face. You will leave understanding the Agile practices that led this team to success, including having a strong commitment to practicing Scrum, being able to see completed work, and reviewing the UATs, as well as the vital roles played by the Scrum Master and Product Owner.
Outline/structure of the Session
The session will be divided into 3 parts:
10mins - Introduction - The first part will cover a background of the team, how it moved from Seattle to Chennai and changed in the process.
10mins - Key Challenges - The second part will cover the challenges that are faced with distributed agile by the team, and on the other side of the coin the challenges for the PO. Challenges like Communication, Task Splitting & Dependencies, Estimation, Changing Requirements, and Sprint Interruptions. On top of simply having to learn Scrum.
25mins - Proven Practices - The third part will cover how the team overthrew the challenges and improved the productivity and the sales of their product with dedication to Scrum and XP principles and practices, such as Test Driven Development (TDD), Automation, Continuous Integration (CI), Development Spikes, and more then can easily be listed here.
You will leave understanding the Agile practices that led this team to our success, including having a strong commitment to practicing Scrum, being able to demonstrate completed work, and practices that cut through the communication barrier of working from opposite sides of the world. As well as the vital roles played by the Scrum Master and Product Owner.
Product Owners, Scrum Masters, Business Analysts, any Agile Practitioners