SCRUM and agile methodologies in Production • What is SCRUM? • “The Agile approach is to iterate on the development of the game and react to the results, such as emerging elements of the actual game play, by constantly planning what is to come next.” – Clinton Keith, CTO High Moon Studios http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/dec2005/id20051222_296337.htm • Why SCRUM for game development? • Better than nothing? • Better than what you are doing now? Try it and see.
What is SCRUM? • High Level: • Agile process to manage and control development • Wrapper for existing Engineering practices • Team-based approach to develop iteratively when requirements are rapidly changing • Ingredients: • Product Backlog (User Stories) • Sprint Cycles (short) • Daily Standup (communication)
What is SCRUM? • James Bach. October 1995. "American Programmer" http://www.controlchaos.com
Why SCRUM? • Iterations – 2 week time box • How far wrong can you go in two weeks?
Why SCRUM? • Stakeholder Involvement • Get what you want • “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." - Bill Cosby. • Please the stakeholder.
Why SCRUM? • Focus on working (demonstrable) code • What you see is what you got • BEWARE! There are several levels of “working” and several definitions of “done.” This will torch you!
Why SCRUM? • Predictability – people like it! • You will learn to estimate work better, but be patient. • The first few tries may hurt....