Agile + DevOps West 2020 Concurrent Session : The 5 ways to PREVENT ScrummerFall!


Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The 5 ways to PREVENT ScrummerFall!

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There are many names for dysfunctional Scrum—one of which is ScrummerFall. Scrummerfall is embedding Waterfall phases inside of a sprint and it’s alive and well in 2020, 25+ years after Scrum was first introduced. You would think we’d be able to do it “right” by now. The Scrum Guide says that you should have a Definition of Done and a potentially shippable increment at the end of each sprint. It does not say, keep rolling stories from sprint to sprint (carryover) or take credit for partially done work. We hear it all the time development team members complaining at retrospectives that we do not have enough time to complete all the stories. And team members often work overtime the last week of a sprint to ensure the definition of done is accomplished. Why do they do this? In this session, you will learn 5 practical, try them at home, techniques that will inoculate your teams from the ScrummerFall virus. They will also inspire behaviors to create a more self-organized cross functional team. Leading to you playing Scrum as it was intended and delivering the goods for your stakeholders.

Mary Thorn

During her more than 20 years of experience with financial, health care, and SaaS-based products, Mary Thorn has held VP, director, and manager-level positions in various software development organizations. A seasoned leader and coach in agile and testing methodologies, Mary has direct experience building and leading teams through large-scale agile transformations. Mary's expertise is a combination of agile scaling, agile testing, and DevOps, which her clients find incredibly valuable. Mary is also the chief storyteller of the book The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and Quality and an avid keynote and conference speaker on all things agile and agile testing.