The Scrummerfall Zone

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to us. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground of non-commitment between light and shadow, between science and superstition, agile and waterfall, and it lies between the pit of your fear of Big Up Front Design and your Project Manager’s desperate need for “dates” and “estimates”. This is the methodology of stagnation. It is an area which we call “The Scrummerfall Zone”… NOTE: This presentation is for those who have a solid understanding of agile principles, but are struggling with the transition to agile. There will be a lot of discussion during and after the presentation. Be prepared to talk.

Have you been sucked into a twilight zone like development process in which agile terms are slapped on to waterfall practices while management triumphantly declares your efforts “Agile”? In this presentation we will discuss some of the things that happen when waterfall meets agile in the large enterprise and the confusion and chaos that ensues. We’ll end with a discussion on productive ways to challenge the acceptance of scrummerfall and help bring your organization back from “The Scrummerfall Zone”.
Notice the emphasis on discussion. This will be an interactive session with approximately 60 minutes of presentation and 30 minutes reserved for discussion and questions. Be prepared to participate and ask question.


About John Borys

John Borys

John Borys has developed Enterprise Java applications for 16 years in the Chicago Metropolitan area. He has consulted for small start-ups and Fortune 50 companies. Introduced to Agile in 2004 while working on a maintenance system for the F-22 Raptor Engine, he has been an agile Proponent ever since. During that time he has been an Agile Developer, Scrum Master, Technical Lead, Java Architect, and for the last four years, an Agile Coach.

He is currently with Accenture specializing in Agile Transformation in the Large Enterprise and teaching teams XP Fundamentals.

John is a Certified Scrum Professional and a Certified Scrum Master.

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