Scrum doesn’t work.
The team is not able to focus in the vague user stories coming from unclear requirements that show up always in the last minute and nobody is accountable for.
The quality is very low.
The people mood is underneath demotivation.
And all is very strange. Why it doesn’t work? We are doing Scrum! We are following the rules, what else do they wanted?
Ok, the daily meeting became sort of reporting but, in the end there is always a manager eager to know how is everything going on, isn’t? It’s normal, it’s still Scrum facing real life.
We were even more agile than the framework and we decided, well, the manager did, to gain that stupid time that we were losing doing refinement sessions for other things; nothing better than a non-discussed one-line user story for a team member creativity.
Furthermore, the team was so big and split it in individuals with barely interactions between them maybe didn’t help out but, guys, this is like having a lot of teams doing a lot of things. As much teams the better, they say.
Besides that, the rest of Scrum worked out very well. Needless to say that we decided to avoid retrospectives, because we didn’t have time to lose and, of course, also the reviews. But we kept sprints. More or less. Depending on the client releases.
Yes. Our fault. Probably with all those changes Scrum started to not be Scrum but we needed to do it because it wasn’t well implemented. Luckily we realized that on time and now we are going to improve, I promise, some changes are coming:
First of all we are going to mix people among different teams of different products so they will spread the knowledge. That will be great for the oncoming releases. More people, more work done in less time. Great.
We are going to remove also the Scrum Master role. Well, we have been working without SMs several months and nothing happened so more hands to code. Who needs Scrum Masters them when you have more Product Owners than teams?
Also, we will include the manager rotating among all the teams, which will reinforce people motivation for sure. And people is always criticizing the amount of meetings that Scrum have so we will avoid retrospectives again to gain more coding time.
Now we are on the right path, I can feel it. Now it will be fine. Now this strange way of doing things called Scrum that we love and that only applies to developers won’t throw any exception.