Scrum – the Hyper Productivity Tool?

Wikipedia describes Scrum as an agile method for project management. It has been called a “hyper-productivity tool”, and has been documented to dramatically improve productivity in teams previously paralyzed by heavier methodologies. Scrum was first documented by Takeuchi and Nonaka in “The New New Product Development Game” (Harvard Business Review, Jan-Feb 1986).

Its intended use is for management of software development projects, and it has been successfully used to “wrap” Extreme Programming and other development methodologies. However, it can theoretically be applied to any context where a group of people need to work together to achieve a common goal – such as setting up a small school, scientific research projects or planning a wedding.

I am thinking of starting off in a simple way for each module/project team members. Spend about 5 minutes to compose a scrum mail circulated amongst the team members with simple topics like –

  • Completed
  • In Progress
  • tomorrow’s plan
  • the week ahead

Here is an initial draft template email that can be circulated and is subject to change as I get deeper into this;

  • April 24, 2006
    • Completed:
  • Inline editor module added
  • RSS feed added
  • Installed and studying Red5 0.4 release
  • Dropped cross domain policy file on the streaming server
  • In Progress:
  • Aggregate Video Preview window
  • Try to create a streaming sample with Red5
  • Tomorrow; April 25, 2006
  • Bug Fix on RSS Feed aggregate for all media
  • Interview trainees for Flex 2
  • Week Ahead
    Please refer my tomorrows instead

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