Challenges in consistent predictable delivery?

Last post 07:42 pm June 12, 2020
by Daniel Wilhite
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11:47 am June 12, 2020

I have recently joined an organization that is experiencing challenges in predicting the delivery from its dev team, and I want to help them team back on track. So my manager asked me to report with a plan:

1. What is the approach I need to take?

2. What are the tools or techniques that I have to use since they already started practicing Scrum?

3. What do I need to focus on for the next few sprints? 

Can you please share your thoughts?

05:36 pm June 12, 2020

In my opinion, you should have the team discuss and do a root-cause analysis of the issue in the retrospective. It can be pretty much everything, i.e. a lack of availability of the Product Owner leading to uncertainty during the Sprint, a high level of technical debt, a lack of knowledge or availability in the development team, or many other reasons...

The tools, techniques or focus will depend on the root causes.

06:33 pm June 12, 2020

The team should deliver a valuable increment of release quality each and every Sprint. There's your prediction.

If the team can't do that, what is their plan to "get back on track"? If they cannot create such a plan themselves, why not?

07:42 pm June 12, 2020

If you volunteered to do this you should have some ideas.  What were they?  Which of the Scrum Roles will you be fulfilling? 

Give us some of that information and we will be able to provide you better guidance. 

In the meantime you might also want to read up on things like cycle time, lead time, limiting work in progress, velocity so that you have some basis for identifying your plan.