Scrum is a method that has helped to split down large and inflexible product development processes and open them for feedback. It introduced faster evaluation cycles for product teams.
However, every team can sometimes stray off the road, no matter how good it is in following the Scrum framework. In the end, we are all people with our biases and imperfections. Being unaware of our anti-patterns, can unleash a waterfall wolf hiding in sheep’s clothing.
I drew 15 cartoons that mock false Scrum implementations. Through the cartoons, we recreate bumpy situations in a funny way. Becoming aware of imperfections in a team’s behavior is a key to understanding what we can improve.
The key is in sharing the right information with your team. And yourself.
You know those daily meetings that last longer than eternity. Here is a tip how to keep your stand-up within the 15 minutes time frame.
When stakeholder is not happy.
When you have nothing to say.
When you don’t communicate openly on a daily basis with your team and save all your frustrations for the retrospective.
And then pour it all out.
When product owner prepares your backlog. Everything that needs to be done, right?
When developers accurately estimate the size of the task.
When stories expand across multiple sprints.
When product owner writes requirements and pours her heart, soul and PhD dissertation in them.
Or product owner just ignores the writing and goes back to the traditional oral communication. Human species have survived long time with just verbal storytelling, right?
But we’ve just had our Sprint planning!
When something is urgent, but lacks material.
When things become too cluttered it’s useful to turn on the Marie Kondo’s mindset and clear your product opus.
This is it for now.
I you want to see more Productmare comics, see my first story “Product nightmares in 15 comics”. I was very inspired to hear that one team printed out comics from this post and put it on their wall as a reminder.
Thank you for reading. I think that developing digital products deserves more funny cartoons, so this is my contribution. Help me in this mission, share some feedback and I would be very grateful for it.