Question about missing sprint goals
I have a question about missing sprint goals and I was unable to come up with an answer - what would you follow scrum masters do in this situation:
"The PO is very demanding and has to report out to the CEO and the project is on a very tight deadline. There is also a fixed budget and fixed scope. It's looking like the Development Team won't be able to deliver by the intended date. What would you do?"
First of all, I'd tell the demanding PO and the CEO that no one can command success. If the team's not gonna make it, nothing will be delivered. Easy as that - clear language that is even understandable for CxO. Better talk to the PO alone. It's his/her job to get this straight.
The SM sort of failed to make sure that Scrum is implemented the right way. He/she should have insisted on a sprint goal. Witthout a goal, it's also questionable that the PO knows the value that's going to be delivered. I'm talking real value - not story points.
Enought said. Let's look at the practical side.
Ask the PO for a definite goal and then reduce some features (sort of 'all features are valuable, but some are more valuable than others' thinking). If the PO can't deliver, than you have a problem. Best you can do is to define a goal yourself and proopose it to the PO. To make the long story short - it's the PO's job to get this straight! Obiously, the team also committed to work it isn't able to accomplish in the sprint.
One more word about a 'demanding' PO. It's the team that decides what can be done in a sprint (of course talking to PO and taking the most valuable backlog items into accuont). No one else. No PO, no CEO, no SM can command what's getting done in a sprint. To me it looks like people are having problems to play their roles according to scrum. Also important - the SM sort of a 'Scrum Ambassador' in the organization. CEO, business units, user groups and other stakeholder must understand how (and why) scrum works ... and play their roles the best they can.
Fixed deadline, fixed scope and fixed budget. I would say that in this scenario Scrum is really hard to implement.
Questions: Will you deliver a minimum marketable product after the first, second or third sprint? What's the intention of the CEO? Why do you want to use Scrum?
> Why do you want to use Scrum?
I think that's getting closer to the key issue. The problem described is more general than missing Sprint Goals. There does not appear to be a rationale for iterative-incremental delivery at all.