At the start of each Agile/Scrum engagement, I always introduce individually to the Scrum Team Members, the Product Owner, and interested Stake Holders. Invariably, I come across a few folks who admit they are going to wait to see if the organization is just going through the motions of adopting Agile or Scrum.
I am always amazed when I hear the words come out of their mouth. What are they thinking? Scrum is not a passing fancy, but viewed as an opportunity to turn around the organization. There are really only three possible results when an enterprise is adopting Agile/Scrum.
- Failure – The group reverts back to it’s old ways.
- Scrum, but – The group adopts some Scrum principals, but does not realize all the benefits.
- Success – The group adopts Scrum, realizing the benefits and joys of Scrum.