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Succeeding with Agile by Mike Cohn

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Chapter 3. Patterns for Adopting Scrum

There are many different routes an organization can take to adopt Scrum. Fortunately, from looking at companies that have already transitioned, we are able to identify some common patterns of how to do it successfully. In this chapter, we look at the strengths and weaknesses of four patterns, as well as when each may be appropriate. The four patterns form a pair of questions that must be addressed at the start of any Scrum adoption effort. These questions are as follows:

• Should we start with one or two teams, or should we convert all teams at the same time?

• Should we announce our intent (perhaps just to others in the company but perhaps publicly as well), or should we keep the change quiet for now? ...

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