Scrum Expert

The world of scrum management is full of theory and books. As always, theory sounds nice but it’s hard to implement in real life companies. If you work with scrum yourself you have probably already changed a few elements of the process. Some changes may be minor, some maybe major. And be assured, you did the right thing. Adapting scrum to your own needs is essential. However, what aspects to change and to what degree is the crackling question.

Scrum Expert exists to tell you stories from real life scrum implementations. It’s a (b)log about our experiences. We provide advice on which aspects we changed and why we changed them. We outline what we hoped to achieve and what really happened. We are three developers of different experience levels. Dieter is a Certified Scrum Master and the veteran aboard who is coding for more than 20 years. He started with Commodore C64 and has gone through major changes in the IT industry. Thereby he has seen many projects, many teams, wins and fails. Stefan is a young developer who worked for couple years in the industry and then achieved his graduate degree. Torsten on the other hand spent a few more years at university and is a meticulous thinker, kind of obsessed with process improvement. He lately achieved his Certified Scrum Master degree.

One major topic in scrum is feedback. The major event for feedback is the retrospective meeting. One concept to gather-data is the Delta/Plus method.

Delta-Plus Method

This method has two columns. The Plus column represents things that went well during the last sprint. While the Delta column is filled with things that should be changed. All team members are prompted to give their rating. We have had a few retrospectives using this method. And we gained very few or low quality feedback.

We then started using the starfish method. It is divided into five sections. Having five sections to put ones issue seems to be much easier. Suddenly the team had a lot of feedback. It has been so much that we decided to vote for the most important in each section. And now we have five issues of different type that we try improve on in the next sprint. Put these topics into your sprint goal and achieve it.

Starfish Method