Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Scrum cartoons and fictional stories - a list.

If you enjoy the classic pig and chicken joke that Ken likes to tell, then you will enjoy the Implementing Scrum Cartoons.


There must be 100 of them, so if you want to illustrate a Scrum dysfunction, there is probably a cartoon for you.

If your cartoon taste are a bit retro - try SCRUM NOIR: A Silo to Hell! My review at Amazon:

In a dark and wet city that never sleeps Ace is confronted with the constant techniques that appear to work in delivering software; "work", that is if appearing busy and always having a competing department to blame for missing milestones on the project plan that no one ever thought was possible is your managers definition of WORK.

So how does one change the mindset of leaders and workers? How does one show that collaboration and measuring visible working software (and tested functionality) is a better way of managing projects?

Why does the format of a graphic novel work so well for this common type of moral play? Well one answer is that we have all seen these personalities and behaviors on the project teams we've work with. Another is the media (comic strip) allows us to empathize and place our selves into the story line - to connect with the story and the actors. [ Answer: an aside: see Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, by Scott McCloud ]

This comic novel will make you cry with delight that you are not the only software developer that is pained by the crazy systems of dysfunction we have all allowed to become the industry we love to hate. It also may point the way out - for the brave and courageous.


[Disclaimer - I worked with most of those actors in Scrum Noir, in a steamy city that knows how to keep it's secretes.]

The next series in the Scrum Noir - Mad Dog Mary.

When Ace's new client walks into his office and says, “Her back’s against the wall,” and that she wants to, “hit them back,” Ace gets excited because there is nothing like commitment to change from someone who's fighting for her life. That, and she's really upset and he's afraid to say no. He takes the job and meets the product owner, Mary. When he learns why she's nicknamed 'Mad Dog' he considers that maybe working in last episode's siloed organization wasn't so bad.


Or try Enabling Agility's Comics.

I'm sure there are other's out there - let me know - tweet me a link @davidakoontz I'd like to add them to the list.

Here's a cartoon about the 10:00 AM Scrum on the Enterprise.

Atlassian (maker's of Jira, etc.) have a few short videos of the world's worst Agile Coach Chet Rong.

Are you doing it the Rong™ way?


"Meet Chet Rong™, the world's worst agile coach. He's got a lot to say, but his ideas are highly suspect. If your team is doing things the Rong™ Way, you'd better scrum in the other direction. Fast."

The Rong™ Way to do Agile: Team Structure (0:54)  "If the team gets to be too large, just get rid of QA!"

See Also:

Don't hate the Joke - learn to tell it Well
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