Scrum promotes cohesive, self-organizing teams. Scrum teams are tasked with finding the most optimal way to accomplish the work. To do this, they make decisions ranging from how best to meet goals to who should work on which tasks. Reaching group consensus can be difficult. Some opinions are more dominant than others; some voices more hesitant to speak out. Even in agreement, true consensus might not exist. One manifestation of this is the Abilene Paradox.
This article discusses briefly how Scrum could support Six Sigma projects. Issues of whether Six Sigma is used specifically in software or other product development are not considered. If you ask yourself "Why should Scrum support Six Sigma projects?" I can promptly reply, "Why not?"
In today’s work environments, research proves that distributed Scrum teams can achieve the same quality results as collocated teams, but relationships, communication and culture play important roles in the latter.
When it comes to Scrum, I'm a newb. I got my CSM certification last year and have been slowly learning how best to introduce Scrum to my organization. Recently, I started using Post-its to enhance how we use Scrum.
Earned Value Management (EVM) is a well known project management technique which measures the integration of technical performance, cost and schedule against planned performance within a given project. The result is a simple set of metrics providing early warnings of performance issues, allowing for timely and appropriate adjustments. In addition, EVM improves the definition of project scope, and provides valuable metrics for communicating progress to stakeholders. The information generated helps to keep the project team focused on making progress. AgileEVM is a light-weight, and easy to use adaptation of the traditional EVM techniques which provides the benefits of traditional EVM in Agile projects.
The sprint review in Scrum is a critical part of the inspect and adapt cycle. Having worked with many teams and organizations, I have noticed an overall reluctance (and in some cases fear) to do them in the way they were intended.