I must resist the Stockholm syndrome. That culture of just get it done - is not a process - and by any definition of the word - it is not Agile.
But then perhaps in a moment of desperation they look around and ask - "what are the principles"? What is the foundational philosophy of this Scrum process? We want to know these so that we will know where we can customize this process. We want to know what we can bend, what we can circle around - how can we keep doing what our culture dictates and just install the scrum.
Agile Culture Series Reading Guide Written by: Michael Sahota
How many times does a process get broken before it is tried - before it is adopted - before any experience what-so-ever with the designed process, we say "we can't do that - we must change it" - not our selves - we change the process. We all know that it is easier to change something else than it is to change ourselves. So we search for the exceptions that will prove the case that process step 23-C will not work here - we have decided that we are so special that the Sun actually revolves around us.
Scrum designers have done a wonderful job of defining a very small list of things that must be done - if you do them - then you are doing Scrum. If you break the rules, bend the framework to suit you special case - well then do you think you will get the desired outcome?
So that first question of what are the principles may be more subversive than it appears. Because if you slip up and define a gap in the principle fabric then there will be a hole for the monsters to slip back through. Given that I'm not going to be able to articulate each principle and you will not quite understand my meaning just perfectly. Is this not a slippery slope.
So if you want to customize your process - one that has been built/designed/tested/refactored over years by experts - and you think you are qualified to state when we can just re-jigger this piece, skipping that piece, it is just a waste, never understood it anyway, so we'll just do it our way. Well I don't want any part of your bastardization.
If you want the principles - they were stated - as best we have found in the Manifesto. Don't re-invent the principles - just re-use them.
Exercise :: Mapping Engineering Principles to Agile Practices (PDF) by David Koontz
|Lovely space at Microsoft NERD center.|
Mapping Engineering Practices to Agile Principles at
Agile Games 2011 in Cambridge.
Note circular whiteboard - awesome!
|Trusted & Motivated People - a label for|
one of 12 Agile principles is well supported
by 5 practices.
|Jay summing up 'User Stories' supports 7 principles|
Pointing at the root of our principles
Another Exercise: The Definition of Done & Ready!
Exercise:: Mapping Engineering Practices to Agile Principles article by David Koontz - includes PDF downloadable exercise.