We built it, they didn’t comeDuncan K. G. Campbell
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In this presentation, Duncan Campbell reviews a post-mortem of a project which, during its lifetime, appeared to have all the trappings of a successful agile development project: a prioritised backlog, a Scrum board with Post-It notes, a burn-down chart, daily stand-up scrums, regular sprints, retrospectives, a Product Owner, a Scrum Master, and an actual product, but the project eventually died without having found any sustainable customer base.
Despite the outward appearances of a successful agile development project, the body of this project had suffered numerous diseases: an organisation inexperienced in software development, poor quality staff, poor attention to quality, poor communication within the team, mismatched expectations, and a seemingly unstoppable rollercoaster ride of sales and development efforts. In the end, even after several years of effort, there were no real customers willing to purchase and use the product.
Which diseases lead to the death of this project? Was it a particular combination of diseases which proved fatal? Was there just a single disease which sealed the project’s fate?
Given a second chance, how could the project have succeeded?