12 Juli 2013

Why I stopped using Scrum

In previous projects we used Scrum. I liked the daily stand up meeting and the planning process and I became a certified Scrum master.

But in the current project we do not use Scrum.

We have the perfect team size which is 3 (2 could be even better)!
Therefore we...

do no not need stand up meetings
And because we are only three people we don't need a daily stand up because we talk so much during the day we already know everything what is going on. Problems are solved when they come up during the day.

do not need a planing process
Planing and release process is very agile because we do both implementing new features and fixing problems of the running application. We also have kind of a back log which contains very fine grained tasks.
On the other hand because we are a very stable team with in deep know how of the whole application we are able to do reliable estimation continuously.

do not have sprints
We don't need sprints. Based on the current bugs/problems and the features we decide continuously when to release a new version.

Please don't get me wrong I don't "hate" Scrum but I think if your teams has the perfect size and is well performing it is not necessary to have a corset of a project development process.

There is also a worth reading article from Martin Fowler on XP: http://martinfowler.com/bliki/ExtremeProgramming.html

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