For those of you who don't know much about Scrum and Agile when it comes to developing software, let me use an example.
Agile is the Muppet Show.
No, seriously. It's like the Muppet Show.
You have a lot creative people, personalites, and special talents trying to pull off a big job together, making for zany hectic times and odd situations.
See? Same thing.
Every week the Muppets are trying to pull off a show for their audience. Every two weeks the software team is trying to release a product for their audience/business team/stakeholders.
Every show, every piece of software functionality, gives you something watch and work with. It builds up, show after show, to make the season. To make the Project.
So who are the team members from your project?
They are the performers for the show.
You know who your Bunson and Beakers, Gonzos, Animals, and Fozzies are. They are the developers, QAs, Business analysts, etc. They are the ones who are making the segments, sketches, new features, and tests.
They are your scrum team.
They all get together after each sketch, after each day (stand-up/scrum session), to see how things went, to see what needs fixed. To get past their problems.
The muppets have their impediments.
How many times does Fozzie struggle to find good jokes before his act?
How many times does Crazy Harry just blow things up?
Things happen, how will this zany band get through it?
Now that you know who the Scrum Team is, let me ask you a question.
Who is the Scrum Master?
Is it Kermit the Frog, the producer and host of the show?
Is it Scooter the go-fer? Go-fer Coffee, Go-fer Sandwiches.
Or Miss Piggy? The diva.
If you said Scooter, you're right!
Many people think Kermit is the Scrum Master. He is in charge, he is pushing the team through to the end of the show. For all his leadership, excitement, and arm waving.
Some people think Piggy is the Scrum Master. She knows what she wants and how to get it. If you get in her way, watch out! she will whip you back into shape!
But actually Scooter is the Scrum Master.
He is the production assistant.
Scooter isn't waving his flippers when problems occur.
He is getting what people need, helping them through things, he is always there off stage, making sure things keep moving.
The performers and kermit run the show, Scooter is there for them to talk to and figure things out together.
He keeps things moving behind the scenes.
So who's Kermit?
Kermit is the Product Owner. He knows what the audience and Owner of the theater wants and tries his best to make sure his crew is giving it to them. He also presents what is being released to them, so they know what they are getting.
Are there many ways to run a show? Are there many ways to make software?
Sure, there is. But it works. You get the skits and to the end of the show.
Despite the cream pies and music numbers.
Agile and Scrum is a structure to help get pieces of a project done
It's time to play the music..
It's time to light the lights...
Put on a great show!
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