Suggestions to expose my team to SCRUM during our ALL STAFF meeting
My company, TM Forum, has employees all over the world that get together once a year in April for our All Staff meeting. I have started to introduce some Scum ideas to my development team but I am not a formally trained Scrum Master, I did use it with a team about 5 years ago and thought it was great.
My question is, is there a short training exercise I can use or presentation I can give to the technology department to continue my efforts to adopt Scrum in my organization?
Is there a Scrum trainer willing to come to NJ for a few hours on April 8th? Names of trainers or advice appreciated.
Here goes my first post here as well! :-)
I am also implementing SCRUM in a company here in South Africa and use these videos for the teams to illustrate some of the concepts. Or when I schedule a stand-up with an team for example I'll put the link in the meeting request to give new members some background.
I would be more that willing to take an all expenses paid trip to New Jersey... ! :-)
This is also a good source for scrum training
I frequently do 1 day introductions to Agile and Scrum and think it is very valuable for the whole company to hear the message and your plans. It's important from the perspective of communicating the organizations desire to become more effective (cost, quality and customer focus) as well as introducing everyone to common terminology that the teams will use.
I usually do an introduction for the as many participants as possible (i.e., the whole company or a division, maybe for an hour or two) and then dive deeper in subsequent sessions on Agile for the development teams, for Product Owners, and topics like ALM and Scrum (release management, product management, roadmapping, etc etc).
If you'd like to chat more let me know
Try to explain Scrum to them by building a Lego city in 3 Sprints. People find it hard to understand Scrum just from bunch of texts. Create the Product Backlog for the city. By the end of the 3rd Sprint they will appreciate how far they have progressed. From there you can start explaining the theories of Scrum and the philosophies behind it. But beware with concerns like: "well building a Lego city is not like building a software". You need to buy lots of Legos.
I think Collab.net is a cool place to understand SCRUM, the short videos of around 20 min are great to learn SCRUM. Again as rightly said - understanding it is too easy but practicing (towards expert/master) it is too hard.