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February 23, 2010

Agile and SCRUM

by Sampath Prahalad

To start my journey with Agile methodology and SCRUM, let me start by defining it.

Agile:

Dictionary meaning:

  • moving quickly and lightly; “sleek and agile as a gymnast”; “as nimble as a deer”;
  • mentally quick; “an agile mind”;

Complimenting the dictionary meaning, Agile methodology emphasizes on making small and measurable progress, being able to embrace change as and when introduced.
SCRUM:

Dictionary meaning:

  • (rugby) The method of beginning play in which the forwards of each team crouch side by side with locked arms; play starts when the ball is thrown in between them and the two sides compete for possession. The entire team moves as a unit to make sure that the goal is reached.
  • A scrum is a group of reporters crowded around an individual directly related to a story. Journalists will likely be yelling questions in an attempt to learn more and further their story. This often happens outside of courtrooms or even at individuals’ homes
  • (rugby) Scrum: “the whole team tries to go to the distance as a unit, passing the ball back and forth”.

Hmm.. the first 2 definitions of Scrum sound pretty chaotic. However, Scrum which is one of the most practiced flavors of Agile is quite orderly and organized. Feels chaotic if not properly implemented. I tend to agree more with the third bullet which emphasizes a lot on Teamwork and the need to achieve the goal as a unit.
OK, so that concludes my first post on Agile and SCRUMMMM…

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