Over the past several weeks I have encountered multiple people from completely different companies that are implementing scrum. Some have been trying this for a few weeks. Some have been doing it for a couple of years. Others are somewhere in between. Some received formal training. Some read books. Others supplemented with You Tube videos.
Everyone I spoke to had a different reason for meeting with me, an agile coach. Some were people I was interviewing for clients to hire onto their full time staff. Some were clients and potential clients. Others were people in the agile community that asked for mentoring.
They all had something in common – doing it alone. In each case, they got information about scrum and tried to implement change. In each case they are struggling. Half of the struggles they are facing are around simply understanding how to implement the scrum framework properly. This stems from brain overload and trying to cram too much understanding into their minds from a two day class or a book and attempting to remember it with no context to their real world. Then, trying to implement the things they learned in their own environment while not forgetting anything. Yeah, right.