Small thing I know

Last post 10:24 am March 12, 2014
by Ludwig Harsch
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12:14 am March 11, 2014

But why do most, if not all, diagrams of the scrum flow always show the "development, 1 to 4 week build period" section(between sprint planning and review), as an iterative cycle, with the daily scrum, being another iterative cycle which comes off that.

The only recurring event is the daily sprint so I can understand that being shown iteratively, but the 1 to 4 week build section is a straight timeline.

Like I said, small thing.

03:57 am March 11, 2014

Hi Justin,
isn't the whole sprint also recurring? If you think of a sprint as a chain of events, starting with planning, recurring daily, and ending with review and retrospective, what happens after the retrospective? Usually the next sprint planning, so this can be thought of as a circle as well.
Best, Ludwig

08:29 am March 11, 2014

Also we have the "Agility Path" cycle at the enterprise transformation level. It's the ability to inspect and adapt that makes these events non-linear.

08:40 am March 12, 2014

Posted By Ludwig on 11 Mar 2014 03:57 AM
Hi Justin,
isn't the whole sprint also recurring? If you think of a sprint as a chain of events, starting with planning, recurring daily, and ending with review and retrospective, what happens after the retrospective? Usually the next sprint planning, so this can be thought of as a circle as well.
Best, Ludwig

Hi Ludwig,

I agree, but the planning and the retrospective are not included in the iterative section. It is only the section between these which depicted as being iterative.

These links show what I mean.

http://blogs.sas.com/hls/uploads/sdlc-scrum.png
http://thecriticalpath.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/mgs_scrum_wallpa…
http://www.ambysoft.com/artwork/agileLifecycleScrum.jpg
http://itintellectuals.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/agile-p…
http://www.sadhanbiswas.com/myblog/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/2010/08/a…

And just to remind myself, this is a small thing.

10:24 am March 12, 2014

OK, now that I have seen picture 3 and 5 I know what you mean. So your question is about the pictures.
I agree: Drawing the events outside the circle can be misleading.
Best, Ludwig