On the back of some great Scrum and agile events in Sydney this year (think along the lines of Scrum Australia and Agile Australia) we wanted to do our bit to keep the conversation going. So we got involved with a Sydney Scrum User Group meetup to see if anyone from the community wanted to contribute to a topic we’d been discussing internally at GLiNTECH recently. We’re happy to say that around 60 people turned up to join the discussion around Scaling Scrum.
Based on the idea that a Scrum team works really well for around seven team members but not quite as well for 10+ people, we wanted to discuss how you scale without losing the essence of what Scrum is. We were interested to know what people thought about visibility, communication, alignment of vision/goals/deliverables, how to handle external stakeholders, whether to adopt parallel Scrum teams or adopt a ‘Scrum of Scrums’ and several other difficult questions.
Without going into detail here about the topic itself (it was a big one, after all), here we really just wanted to highlight what was another great demonstration of the way our local Scrum community works. After our MD, Dimitri, got things underway there was a real desire from the audience to participate and be actively involved. There was a lot of group interaction and there were some very knowledgeable Scrum practitioners attending who could offer extra guidance.
Some attendees may have gotten direct answers to specific questions or problems they had, others maybe not, but it wasn’t just about that. It was also about raising more awareness and giving people an opportunity to get together with like minded folk and share their own opinions and experience about what is a growing area of interest. Here’s some of the feedback posted on the official meetup page:
These kinds of meetups are a great asset to the Scrum community so it's great that so many people take the time to attend - and to comment afterwards. We certainly hope to be a part of more of these types of things in future and would encourage others to do so as well - just register for the Sydney Scrum User Group to find out when the next one is (it’s free and you can read more comments/discussion in there). If you'd like to know what other events GLiNTECH is involved with, keep an eye on our twitteraccount.