March 14th, 2014

Scrum my life

To become an effective human being & work toward my life goals, for 4 weeks I will test the application of the Scrum framework on my life.

— Matthew Fellows —

I’ve been on a personal journey of late, having recently married and delivered on some major professional milestones I have a broader perspective on life. I’m now seeking to find harmony, balance and direction between and within my professional & personal lives. I’m currently reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (by Steven Covey), a thought provoking book with a tonne of wisdom and some practical advise to become an effective human being. As development of my mission statements are nearing completion, I now have a number of clear goals in life that I can drive home each and every day.

Covey writes on the important of time management and its importance in ensuring goals, professional or otherwise, take precedence over secondary distractions that can erode that most precious of resources – time – quickly. As I read through the time management material, coupled with the habits I started to think about a framework, an approach, that would work for me to in order to synthesise these principles into a working process. And that’s when it dawned on me – what about Scrum?

There are a number of parallels that can be drawn with the Scrum framework:

  1. Planning: The decomposition of a Goal into Objectives and action plans translates well to the Product Backlog & Iteration Planning ceremonies of Agile
  2. Daily Organisation: Organising the day around priorities and being flexible to other important events, works nicely with the Stand-ups, providing a mechanism to make decisions daily based on a statement (The ‘Goal’)
  3. Sharpening the Saw: Looking back, reflecting on past, documenting lessons’ learned and identifying improvements is a key tenet of Agile. Diarised Retrospectives could facilitate a formal way to improve oneself.

So, I’ve decided to Scrum my life.

For the next 4 weeks, I will apply the basic principles of Scrum to manage and drive focus towards my goals. I’ll participate in the standard ceremonies, book my calendar and see my progress via Burn Down charts. I will deliver…

  • Olivia Jennifer

    Scrum
    has become one of the most popular Agile methodologies used for software and
    product development. Various factors have contributed to this popularity. The
    methodology works very well with complex projects where requirements change
    often and/or the technology is new and not used before.