peoples_scrum.pngAlmost a year ago, the company I work for, started an effort to adopt Scrum and Agile principles for software development. The company hired certified agile consultants, did extensive trainings and the whole department made a commitment to give Scrum our very  best. We were doing our version of "Scrum But" before that and I had small expectations from this new `experiment`. 

After a few months I couldn't not believe the difference. The scrum teams were more focused, people committed to the same goals, the quality of delivered software was better, distractions and impediments were reduced and work reclaimed its meaning and its creativity again. This continued for a while but in the next months fundamental changes brought in the surface a series of dysfunctions and issues. 

Over the course of six months the team changed 3 times. Some left, other changed roles, and a few joined us to form our current team. From the original 7 developers in the team when we started Scrum, now only 4 remain. We also changed scrum master 3 times. You would think this wouldn't affect us much but each of them worked differently and tried to apply a new way of doing certain things like retrospectives and the way we interact with our Scrum Board. This was confusing but experimenting with what works for you is important. Read More…