Nov. 19, 2008

Scrum and CITI

Ball Points game at CITI

Sounds a bit like S*x and the City, but no!

I was invited by Martin Wright of Cape Venture Partners to talk to members of the CITI My Mentor programme about Scrum. As we frequently experience, most of these IT entreprenuers knew nothing about Scrum...other than the game of rugby kind. After a short intro we ran Boris Gloger's Ball Points game to illustrate the value of empirical over defined process models.

The key learnings were (and this is always the case):

  • Wow, we really improved the process a lot over the 5 iterations by applying our learning!

  • Our estimates were quite close to actuals from the 3rd sprint on.


It's always exciting to see the cogs click as people - in this case entrepreneurs - start to visualise the potential for applying Scrum principles in their businesses.

Now they need to decide whether to do something about it or just go about business as usual.
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Peter Hundermark

Peter has worked with iterative and incremental software development processes since 1999, focusing on Scrum and Agile practices since 2006. In 2007 he started Scrum Sense in South Africa. He has introduced Scrum into scores of development teams locally and in Brazil. He leads certified Scrum training classes in South Africa and elsewhere. He is a Certified Scrum Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer.
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Peter Hundermark

Peter has worked with iterative and incremental software development processes since 1999, focusing on Scrum and Agile practices since 2006. In 2007 he started Scrum Sense in South Africa. He has introduced Scrum into scores of development teams locally and in Brazil. He leads certified Scrum training classes in South Africa and elsewhere. He is a Certified Scrum Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer.

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