Planning an Adoption With Scrum Patterns
via Scrum.org Blog by ILLIA Pavlichenko
How to start an Agile transformation? What are the initial steps? In this article, I explain how transformations could be planned using Scrum Patterns and systems thinking.
Study Organizational Context
Any collaboration with an enterprise starts with an immersion in organizational context using Gemba Walks and Go See approach. Observing how teams work, collaborate and conduct their regular events is crucial in understanding patterns of behavior that exist in an organization. Why is that important? System structures reside behind the patterns of behavior and they are the main focus of Scrum Master intervention. Go See results are usually collected in a report that includes observations, a description of the discovered system structures, and recommendations.
Take a look at the excerpt from one of the Go See reports:
The product group consists of 16 Scrum teams. They are component teams made narrow specialists who work in “their” components. There are 16 “Product Backlogs” and 16 “Product Owners”. Customer features usually involve a large number of components. Work at the product level is not evenly distributed across all teams, so some of them are overloaded, while others are forced to make themselves busy with less important work. Features are eventually delivered to the market in 5-10 Sprints. Features usually span over multiple Sprints due to dependencies between teams.