Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Scrum of Scrum bloat

If you are running an agile project divided into more than 3 teams, you will normally end up with Scrum of Scrums. The only problem with this is that it can become unusually longer if each project has a lot of burning issues. And burning issues have the potential of attracting a lot attention, people speaking out of turn, lot of cross talk, and in general a lot more to talk about. To enforce discipline in such chaos, one suggestion that Gabbar gave me was to put up a stop watch of 2 minutes per person. A talking token would have worked if it was heavy enough, but again with people joining over conference call , it doesnt work.

I used this version of an online stop watch and it worked well so far. It is also available for desktops and can be shared over web meetings. People automatically started making their updates crisp and to the point.

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