Probably everyone working in the IT industry already encountered agile management. At Antologic, we have been carrying out all projects using one of the Agile methodologies (Scrum, Kanban) for some time, creating solutions for our clients from the e-commerce industry and more.
Naturally, the most common methodologies / frameworks are Scrum, Lean, Kanban, or XP. But Agile is not just for software development. There are organizations around the world, that carry out all their processes in an agile way. The most famous are General Electric, Adobe and Yorkshire Bank. As you can easily see, these companies represent completely different branches of the economy, and they are only top of mind examples.
Last year’s report on Scrum’s condition in the world published by scrumalliance.org indicates that government agencies, psychological counseling centres and consulting companies also use this framework.
You can also find blogs on the web in which their authors describe how they successfully adapted Scrum in private life or used it, for example, to organize a wedding (http://www.scrumyourwedding.com/).
The versatility and flexibility of the Scrum approach were tested by two of our colleagues who took part in an unusual venture organized by IT Corner.
The purpose of this experiment was to create a music video during a 2-day workshop using Scrum. Developers, business coaches, musicians and film makers have been invited to participate. Four teams were created, consisting of people who in the vast majority did not know each other before. Sounds like quite a challenge? It’s something for our people!
That’s what our stars say about the project:
Before: I was very skeptical about these workshops in the context of working according to SCRUM. I thought it would be first of all good fun with instruments and music, and SCRUM elements seemed unsuitable here. I knew the application of this technique only in the IT world and it was hard for me to imagine what it would look like for a completely different area.
After: SCRUM just works! I am extremely excited and positively surprised by the effects of its application to create a music product. A group of a dozen or so people who had just met on the day of the beginning of workshops managed to cooperate extremely effectively for a very short time, strictly following the work schedule and SCRUM principles. That was enough to achieve great results in the form of a music video and open our eyes to the versatile application of Agile.
When I heard that SCRUM-based workshops were to take place, during which we would be working on recording a musical piece, I was intrigued, but at the same time a bit skeptical. Having learned from previous experiences, it was hard for me to imagine the effective use of this methodology in the music industry, and in particular during the development of a whole arrangement of the song and rehearsals, where it would seem that the simultaneous and joint work of the whole band is simply necessary.
However, as it turned out, under the circumstances we had to face (very limited time and a large number of people who had never worked together before) SCRUM fit perfectly. It made it easier for us to plan and divide the work in terms of time and to avoid confusion related to the simultaneous work of many people (team leaders were responsible for communication between groups).
The whole event made me realize that the work methodology created to manage teams in the IT environment works equally well in other areas of life, and a well-designed backlog is capable of saving us a lot of time both at work and outside of it.
Here you can see the final effect of the workshop:
Does Scrum need a better recommendation? Try to answer this question yourself. We at Antologic already know the answer.
Author: Bartosz Forysiak