Scrum Dev : An effort towards Developer Friendly Scrum Practices

When faced with some challenge we try various things and finally find one silver bullet.  Further we make use of the same silver bullet by incorporating it as part of Process and make it a rule to follow.

SCRUM as a framework has originated in similar situations and become the silver bullet for avoiding the ills of waterfall method. Scrum is successful and now widely used within multiple organizations.

Since SCRUM is almost 20 years old and 20 years of usage must have generated enormous feedback for the framework itself. Maybe it’s time to look at those feedbacks and do a retrospective on the way we’re using SCRUM.

My experience with multiple scrum projects taught me that one of the biggest de-motivating factor of working with scrum sprints are their monotonous nature of work.  The sprint cycles with sprint planning and retrospectives becomes too repetitive to keep up the initial momentum.

We use the word “Just for change” quiet often for our own well being and happiness. SCRUM Dev is the same “Just for change” development practices incorporated within sprints.

These sprints contain unplanned working to themed based working which breaks the monotonous cycle of work and help maintaining the team momentum. At the same time it also benefits the product and its quality.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

1. Introduction & Reason for having Scrum Dev - 10 Mins

2. Problem associated with monotonous working environments - 5 minutes

3. Scrum Dev recommendations of Unplanned & Themed Sprint - 20 Minutes

4. Conclusion and  Q&A - 10 minutes

Learning Outcome

Scrum Dev is an effort to improve the development practices which breaks the monotonous aspect of working.

 

I’ll share with the audiences my experience of using Scrum Dev at some places. The audiences will know the results of experiments and the thought process behind that.

This may also encourage Agile Practitioners to look at their own agile way of working for new experiments

Target Audience

All Agile Practitioners, Enthusiasts, Thinkers and Fence sitters

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  • Fincy Yousuff
    By Fincy Yousuff  ~  1 year ago
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    Hello Jaya!

     

    Loved the idea "Scrum Dev". 

    Can you mention what are the reasons/point at which a Sprint starts becomign monotonous generally? eg- like you have mentioned, developers are so used to being given a set of items/tasks to work on. So they expect it be there so that they start working on the. The solution to break this monotony is by having unplanned sprints. 

    So in the same way, I feel we should point out to the audience other familiar points in a sprint from were we can break monotony. This especially because our target audience is Beginner level.

     

    • Jaya S
      By Jaya S  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi Fincy Yousuff

      There is no specific reason but the human nature, which tends to react differently with monotonous situations. Sprints based development gets into this monotonous cycle quiet often and we need somethings to break the same.

      That was my intentions for the talk.

       

      Regards

      Jaya

  • Balaji.M
    By Balaji.M  ~  1 year ago
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    Hi Jaya,

    Please can you share the details of the project context where this method have been experimented and worked well? If you are saying Sprint Planning becomes monotonous, then all the Scrum Ceremonies would become monotonous and how would you help the teams to overcome this challenge. I have seen myself Retrospections are becoming monotonous and hence people are trying different Retrospection techniques to keep the momentum.

    Best Regards

    Balaji.M

    • Jaya S
      By Jaya S  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi Balaji

      Please find my response inlined

      >> Please can you share the details of the project context where this method have been experimented and worked well? 

      [Jaya>> Though the idea behind this is not project specific, I've used this in multiple long duration projects.

      >> If you are saying Sprint Planning becomes monotonous, then all the Scrum Ceremonies would become monotonous and how would you help the teams to overcome this challenge.

      [Jaya>> you are right but this idea is not ceremony specific but specific to the way of working (e.g. sprint way of working).  

       

      There is no single way of breaking the monotony and at the same time to make sure that work is continuing.  That's the reason why i emphasize more on experiments and I'll share the experiments I did to overcome them successfully.


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