Recently on SPaMcast we talked about my views on Scrum meetings.

the way I see Scrum like most documentation out there is to gather information fast, determine barriers and determine who can help remove them to keep things progressing. The should not be long or go into any extensive details.

Now before the meeting would be with just people in a co-located team. This would make it easy to get the information and work through the tasks. Now teams are spread around the world and it can still be done, it is information sharing.

Unfortunately most Scrum meetings that I have attended turn into story pointing, Story definition, discussing solutions or possible solutions. Doing this then takes a meeting that should be around 10 minutes long to be over an hour and usually nothing comes out of it,

The value of Scrum is to have the team on the same page and help each other out to get the work done. Once the team leaves that path and starts going down another it will start to waste others time and the value is then lost.

There has been some rumblings of getting rid of Scrum altogether and move on to something else. So far I haven’t heard of any viable solution. I think it is just needed to get back to the basics and run the meetings as they are intended. Then allow the team to get on the same page and work together, with the appropriate teammates, on any barriers that come up.

Now on to the second part of my blog. As some of you know, about 6 years ago I completed my MBA and had to do a major research project. I took the data from two previous research and created based on perception and knowledge between Testing and Business.

When I completed the paper my goal was to revisit it and conduct my own research on the matter and gather data to analyze. See when you take the data from two separate sources there is a bit of work to make the data connect and since they are coming from two separate groups it is difficult to see a correlation. With that, I have combined the questions, with some updates, so that the source would be consistent and would give a true interpretation of the results.

I would ask my readers to go to my Google forms and answer the survey. I am also added additional questions to follow up on a separate column that was done and dig deeper in what they provided as an outcome.

If you can share the link as well that would be great. I am promising everyone that participates they will get a copy of the report and the outcomes when completed.

I am looking for participants from all levels within an organization, from an analyst to C-suite. All views are important and would provide some great data that would be useful to a lot of organizations.


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