Stop Calling Me Names

Obey I was introduced to the term “Scrumbutt” the other day and it rather disappointed me.

Who comes up with these disingenuous terms?

I find it very troublesome that our industry has taken such a black and white stance on things in terms of you’re either doing Scrum or you’re only worthy of ridicule. This behavior goes right to the top; the rock stars pushing their own brand of “this is the only way you do it”.

This is quite easy of an approach if you are a consultant where you come, go and pick your next project. It is another thing entirely if you sincerely want your business to succeed and you live and breathe that business.

If Scrum, Agile or Kanban were always from the top down, then we would not have this conversation. I would buy in 100 percent. I would certainly be living in a fantasy dream however, because more often than not, change comes from the bottom up.

Teams want to move faster. They want to be more responsive to customer demand. They know what and how they want to build something, but teams cannot just go and make these changes today.

The hard part here is selling a more agile or lean vision to a larger organization. An organization that may or may not be willing to take on such changes. The organization may see such ideas as a gamble. For if what we have is working even marginally, then dumping everything for a different approach is risky. Risky is an approach that is never going to get much traction.

So, we do stand ups with no burn down chart.

So, we Kanban our entire projects instead of our user stories.

So, we pair up when we can.

So, we make Big Visible Charts so that which is important cannot hide.

But we are not to be ridiculed. We make progress. We fight to show that there can be better ways of working. We convince. We show what we do. We work out loud. We share our mistakes. We strive to accelerate the whole.

All this, we do this in spite of ridicule from our peers, a position where we should have support, and nothing less.