Who stole all my Scrum benefits?

You’ve seen the statistics – Jeff Sutherland’s group consistently achieving 500-750% increases in productivity, organisations tripling their productivity in a matter of months etc. You’ve implemented Scrum so how come you aren’t reaping these sorts of benefits?

When you spend time with a high performing agile team, something quite profound yet subtle happens. What you notice is not how well they are adhering to the rules of the framework they use, but rather how well they all focus on regularly delivering business value.  In my experience I have noted two key pattern:

  1. They are all working together on delivering business value
  2. They support this notion using high quality agile engineering practices.

Let’s unpick these a little.  [Read more…]