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Questions and Comments during Training at Wipro

Posted in Course Assistance with tags , , on December 30, 2007 by vikramadhiman

We discussed how our training session went at Wipro in our previous post on training in Wipro. Some of the questions that people asked us were:

  • Who assigns the tasks in a Scrum framework?
  • Why is collecting data on which task took what time not important?
  • Is Scrum compatible with CMMi?
  • How do we do testing in Scrum?
  • How to balance teams in multiple locations within Scrum?
  • What to do with various artifacts and analysis documents?

Most of these were answered satisfactorily within the constraints of time available. We will be exploring these further in future posts. Links to other sources for these answers are being provided for immediate reference in this post:

  • Who assigns the tasks in a Scrum framework?
  1. http://weblogs.asp.net/bsimser/archive/2007/01/31/scrum-tasks-tasks-and-more-tasks.aspx
  2. http://www.scrumalliance.org/articles/22-scrum-delivers
  • Why is collecting data on which task took what time not important?
  1. http://www.technewsworld.com/story/56866.html
  2. http://controlledagility.typepad.com/weblog/2005/11/better_time_tra.html
  3. http://jeffsutherland.com/scrum/2007/10/why-time-sheets-are-lame.html
  • Is Scrum compatible with CMMi?
  1. http://jeffsutherland.com/scrum/2006/11/scrum-supports-cmmi-level-5.html
  2. http://www.cesar.org.br/files/file/SCRUMxCMMMI_IEEE-final03.pdf
  • How do we do testing in Scrum?
  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test-driven_development
  2. http://www.agiledata.org/essays/tdd.html
  3. http://www.developer.com/design/article.php/3622546
  • How to balance teams in multiple locations within Scrum?
  1. http://www.martinfowler.com/articles/agileOffshore.html
  2. http://www.sourcingmag.com/content/c060703a.asp
  3. http://www.forrester.com/Research/Document/Excerpt/0,7211,34978,00.html
  • What to do with various artifacts and analysis documents
  1. http://www.refactoring.com/
  2. http://www.agilemodeling.com/

Training session for Wipro

Posted in Course Assistance with tags , , on December 21, 2007 by vikramadhiman

Wow! what an eventful and exciting pre-training session we had. We were joined by Joe Arnold and over the course of few hours we discussed good presentation skills and how to be effective communicators. However, after we had a chance to demonstrate the training material and presentations – we discussed whether we were ready for the presentation in light of the view that it would comprise managers and senior managers. The whole course of Scrum implementation at Wipro would be affected by what we say and teach. We decided to discuss the same with organizers and Wipro and after our discussion we decided to go go ahead with the presentation.

We arrived in Hyderabad by a KingFisher flight [delayed by an hour] and checked into the hotel. I quickly organized the presentation again and was ready on the dot for the departure to Wipro office. Wipro office was about an hour from our hotel. Once we reached there we had to get routine check ups like laptop clearance etc. We thought this could have been organized better and someone could have been there to receive us. But so far so good. We were ready before 9:00 AM – the scheduled start time for the presentation. I started the session and keeping in mind what we discussed yesterday, literally cruised through the initial session till tea. Informal feedback at tea suggested we were doing well. Srinivas then explained mechanics of Scrum and we then broke for Lunch at Wipro canteen [massive canteen must say]. Post Lunch we did the role play and finally concluded an eventful day. We broke off sharp at 5:00 PM.

Some of the questions the audience had for us were easy to answer and some not so easy. The next post will discuss some of these.

Training at Wipro

Posted in Course Assistance with tags , , on December 15, 2007 by vikramadhiman

I and Srinivas Chillara, are scheduled to conduct a one day introductory course in Scrum on behalf of GoodAgile at Wipro Hyderabad on December 20. Here is a brief context of the training – “The training is for managers and senior managers who work with the Microsoft ODC. Microsoft has been claiming that its moving towards Scrum and consequently the team at Wipro working on MSN websites and other projects need to understand Scrum. As per our initial conversation, they are also using Microsoft Solution Framework for Scrum.”

The first conversation with Wipro employees [before the training] leaves some questions in mind, which we hope to get more clarification on when we visit their campus:

  • Why is the Scrum implementation tied to a tool that Microsoft has developed?
  • How would the team react to rigorous restructuring of their role especially as the audience would comprise managers and senior managers?
  • How would we structure our course for managers only and given the constraint of only one day?

We plan to organize the session with an introduction to background/ implementation/ success of Scrum followed by mechanics of Scrum and finally discussion on sprint retrospectives and reviews. Are we prepared? We have lots of material on hand. We also have a one day pre-training session with Pete Deemer a day before the training. At least I am excited more about the pre-training session rather than the session itself.

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