Implementing Scrum in a Conventional Waterfall Team
We recently finished a project of converting our intranet landing pages to a unified single landing page for the entire company (rollout of all hospitals is pending). This project has helped us in becoming a true Scrum team and has made its impact beyond the project itself. The big deal is that the rituals, which sounded unnecessary and time-consuming, have become our habits. Instead of "questioning" these rituals, we "expect" them. That's where the mindset changes. Coming from a traditional project management background, it was not easy for us to adapt to the new Agile/Scrum methods and processes. We were used to doing the reverse engineering of the project milestones based on a given due date and I have successfully completed many projects using that methodology.
Ally and I would like to share our journey with others. The takeaway from this event will be multifold - 1) ScrumMasters and project managers will get few key elements which helped us transforming a conventional team into a Scrum team, 2) Managers and team leaders will get few key elements on how to support their Scrum team and 3) programmers will learn how these changes will impact them and how they can support the transformation process.
Vinod Sharma is an experienced manager who provides solutions to corporate web-based needs. Currently, he is writing a book for managers which will be available in early 2019. By day, Mr. Sharma is responsible for building and implementing enterprise-wide web-based applications at Adventist Health System, in Orlando, a large organization which has an estimated 75,000 daily intranet users.
During the last 16 years, Mr. Sharma has worked for many large corporations, gaining tremendous experience in building and using the intranet in various capacities.
He began his career with a small firm but later worked at much larger software development, financial institutions such as Fidelity and healthcare organizations. Vinod joined Adventist Health System in 2005.
During his last ten years, he witnessed many implementations, business requests, business problems, workflow and solutions. Thus, he felt compelled to write about and share his experience with others. Mr. Sharma believes that he can help many people by sharing his experience with managing people. His primary goal for this book is not to use technical jargon but a simple language which managers and executives can understand and follow.