Chapter 1 – Scrum Startup

Taking that first step on any unfamiliar journey can be daunting and fraught with challenges. Questions such as Where do we start?, How do we start?, and most important, Why should we start? can often turn into momentum-dampeners that impact an organization’s goal of adopting a new framework such as Scrum.

The following three shortcuts aim to help you and your organization answer these tough questions and to put some spring into that first step!

Shortcut 1: Scrum on the Pitch provides guidance to assist in “selling” Scrum to those in your organization involved in its adoption. Shortcut 2: Fragile Agile identifies a selection of common pitfalls to watch out for during the early days of your Scrum journey. Finally, Shortcut 3: Creative Comfort discusses a range of steps to ensure an environment and culture that fosters a healthy Scrum team.

Shortcut 1: Scrum on the Pitch

  • Werewolf Slayers?
  • The Scrum Team
  • Project Sponsors
  • Good News and Not-So-Good News

Shortcut 2: Fragile Agile

  • It’s a Framework, Not a Method
  • Qualifications versus Qualities
  • Abusing the Agile Manifesto
  • A Few Scrum Antipatterns
  • Listen to Your Folks

Shortcut 3: Creative Comfort

  • Individual Gratitude
  • Physical Environment
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Identity
  • Shining Happy People

Wrap Up

The three shortcuts discussed in this chapter focus on a selection of tactics, tools, and tips to help you and your organization get Scrum off the ground. Here’s a recap what is covered:

Shortcut 1: Scrum on the Pitch

  • Scrum’s elevator pitch.
  • The concept of fixed flex,used to reduce context-switching while still offering scope flexibility.
  • A range of key benefits relating to both the Scrum team and the project sponsors.

Shortcut 2: Fragile Agile

  • How to differentiate between a framework and a method.
  • Reasons it is more important to focus on an individual’s qualities than on his or her qualifications.
  • A selection of Scrum antipatterns to watch out for.

Shortcut 3: Creative Comfort

  • Ways to improve team morale by focusing on team and individual appreciation.
  • Ideas for improving the physical working environment to ensurea collaborative and productive space.
  • Tips for helping your teams create a sense of identity and purpose.

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