Dear #Scrum Letter

Dear Scrum, I am sorry I have to write this in a letter, but I just found you to be distant and inflexible lately. I must admit when I first met you I was charmed by your processes and procedures. The form was liberating, I never felt so alive and everything seemed so clear and concise. But slowly I must admit the rigidity of the process has not allowed for the freedom that I and my projects need.  I really did need a process where I could add requirements during a sprint when it made sense. I didn’t want to be limited in the duration of retrospectives if I thought there was more to discuss.

I guess I just need space.

And to be brutally honest, I was feeling really bad about referring to my team and clients as chickens and pigs. Although the metaphor was cute, it ended up being more divisive than anything. And I hated being referred to as a Scrum Master. The actual role seemed to diminish my value as a Project Manager and made me just a coach of the process instead of a valued team member. I felt that I wasn’t actually part of the team anymore.

I guess I have changed. It is not you, it is me.

More and more we just talked about Scrum and how we had to follow the process very diligently. Our discussions were only focused on Scrum topics. “What makes a good Product Owner?” and “How to be a better Scrum Master” were the main topics. It seemed all we ever did was talk about you. We never talked about my feelings on User Story Mapping, Paper Prototyping, or other new methods that made me feel alive. In short, we were in a rut and not exploring anymore. We were just using a process for the sake of process and it felt like, well, waterfall.

I know those words hurt and I know the process is better than waterfall, but I felt we weren’t growing.

No, I haven’t met anyone new. But there is a whole world out there and maybe I need to date for a while until I discover someone I can truly be happy with. I just know I need someone who wants to change and adapt as much as I do. We will always have those items I learned from you and I will always have the Daily Stand ups, Retrospectives, and Technical Spikes. There is so much you taught me and you will always have a special place in my methodology heart.

I hope we can remain friends a maybe catch a movie someday. Maybe the Hobbit when it is released in 2012. Stay in touch.

Yours Truly.

Terry

3 thoughts on “Dear #Scrum Letter

  1. Dear Terry,

    I, too, have enjoyed our time together. Even so, I have noticed a change in you lately. You have been fixating on me instead of focusing on the thing we both care about: making a great product.

    You seem to have gotten stuck in a rut lately and rather than ask yourself what can be done about it, you blame me. I am rather used to this, Terry. Others before you have blamed me when their practices stagnated. Usually it is because people want e to solve their problems for them, and I simply won’t do that. Only you can do that, Terry. Only you can get up and work out every day, I simply can’t do it for you.

    And those new methods that make you feel alive? I love them, too, Terry. We go out on the weekends without you. I always tell you I am visiting my parents, but in reality I am having a torrid sexual affair with Mental Models and various other Personas. I’m sorry, but we get along just fine.

    I know that you would be welcome into our trysts, but you simply don’t use the opportunity you’ve been given to talk to us openly. Use the retrospectives, Terry. Use them wisely and you can be out with us on the weekends. It’s not too late. I won’t give up on you, but you have to quite fixating on me.

    Yours forever,

    Scrum

  2. Whatever you do, don’t be tempted into a mid-life crisis fling with “code and fix”. It’ll leave you handcuffed to a bed, with no clothes and your wallet missing.

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