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Agile does not enforce the use of sprints. Scrum does. Rather than impose a specific framework on a team, it is better to identify a delivery approach which works for them and their context.
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Jonathan, is there a mandate to adopt a specific agile approach? There are books on how to accomplish what you're asking about, some of which recommend training. If you don't have a mandate to do this right away, part of your plan should be to get people trained in the right areas.
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So, I will assume that is what happen to Jonathan.
Jonathan, correct me if I'm wrong... however I'm assuming that there is a specific mandate from your organization to "Be more Agile" and use Scrum and sprint plannings. So, my recommendation is to train yourself and/or request some budget to your manager do to some training.
Start being familiar and be familiar with the glossary, and after if you like it, maybe you can get a Scrum Master certification.
As my peer's state.
Educate (arm) yourself
Ask questions (which you're doing. Keep going!)
Understand the goal
Understand the intent
Understand the rationale
Understand the options
Which hammer is needed for this thing (and why!)
These are very good perspectives. Thank you for sharing everyone!
It had not occurred to me that many organizations instinctively use scrum when they're told to adopt an Agile methodology, but perhaps that's the most widely accepted approach. Good point.
That being said, I don't have a better alternative that is simple to apply, and I enjoy the flexibility of the method. That said, my team has decided for this project we're not going to run a strictly textbook version of Scrum (not going with all of the ceremonies) as we're very small and the project is quite lean at the moment.
Requesting for further training is something on my mind. I've been thinking between PSM, CSM or PMI-ACP - so many choices!
What @Kiron said is critical to understand do not fail. People need to stop to use Scrum as synonim to Agile. In fact, just to comment, I posted a comment on Al Shalloway on the matter and he agree with me on that (in fact I expressed this as a concern of a post he was made). You plan iterations and increments just in case you are using this type of project life cycle. You do not plan sprints unless you are using a method/framework where sprints are defined. Including that, you must not fail in the trap about today DA is the reveled truth because the PMI. On the other side, Agile project do not exists. What exists is a project that is using a project life cycle (waterfall for example) and you will use Agile approach on it. With all that said to plan something in Scrum you must follow Scrum which is inside the Scrum Guide. The Guide is clear about that.
This is a classic case of "method prison" and is one of the main reasons why Disciplined Agile's toolkit choice-based approach works.
I've had product owner training, so it wasn't a major issue to guide them. Things just would have gone smoother if all involved understood their roles.
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