Hop, walk, jog, stumble … enough jokes already

Tomorrow, we’re due to finish our first Sprint. Or whatever you decide to call it. I’ve had many suggestions: stroll, wander, hop, walk …

On the one hand, I think we’ve done pretty well to not only survive it almost unscathed, but to also actually complete a few user stories. We had a new, still-only-partially-recruited team working on a new project using a new methodology, and in the middle of it we had a major new release of our core website technology which resulted in a lot of unavoidable disruptions. To cap it off, I can’t remember another two week period when more people have spent more time out of the office. I’m not sure if it’s just because Scrum gives you so much more visibility into that stuff but I’ve never known so many training courses to happen in the same space of time.

On the other hand, I can’t help being a bit disappointed that we weren’t perfect. Even though I was expecting it to turn out exactly this way I was still hoping that we’d do everything we said we would and be ready to demonstrate it at the Sprint review, with everybody there.

My next challenge is how to turn this into a positive learning experience and not get too weighed down by the negatives. I’m also planning to go back and re-read a lot of the Scrum literature with the benefit of hindsight and some context, and to remind myself of the things I forgot …

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