This week on The Guardian Podcast we are talking about the scrum of scrums. Scrum was born of the Agile movement, as I’m sure most listeners may know. We have talked about scrum before but never the scrum of scrums.
A Scrum of Scrums is a scrum team made up of representatives from each of several other teams. Usually the representatives are the ScrumMasters for each team, although sometimes technical leaders and product owners also participate. A typical Scrum team is five to nine people.
Rather than scaling by having a large team, Scrum projects scale through having teams of teams. In this way, we have worked on projects with more than 500 people and have consulted on projects with more than 1,000.
Although it’s not the only thing necessary to scale Scrum, one well-known technique is the use of a “Scrum of Scrums” meeting. With this approach, each Scrum team proceeds as normal, but each team identifies one person who attends the Scrum of Scrums meeting to coordinate the work of multiple Scrum teams. These meetings are analogous to the daily Scrum meeting, but do not necessarily happen every day. In many organizations, having a Scrum of Scrums meeting two or three times a week is sufficient.
There is also a news segment with several items that will certainly be of interest to Agilists everywhere!