Saturday, February 21, 2009
Interesting Uses for Scrum
Do you have any interesting applications where you've used Scrum?
Recently, I used it with my family when we were having a lot of "churn" in deciding how to re-decorate our family room. Everyone had their own idea of what it would be, but no common goals.
So, over some Dunkin Donuts coffee and donuts we ran a planning session and created a prioritized backlog. From there we went out and executed very efficiently and turned everything around in less than a week.
My wife Sheri was the Product Owner (of course), I was the ScrumMaster, and the rest of the gang was the team. My wife came up with 3 prioritized goals for the room, and then everyone wrote 2-3 user stories. We then sized them, put a value on them, and prioritized the list. From that point it was just a matter of going to a furniture store, carpet store, and a few clicks on Amazon and that was it....Done!
It was very interesting to see how fast everything moved when we had a set of common goals and everyone had a chance to participate in the outcome.
My students love when I show the pictures from this session and it really highlights how Scrum is useful for many different types of projects!
Do you have any interesting applications of Scrum?