We will describe our journey from a process where design/planning work was performed away from development to one where small cross-functional Feature Teams self-organized to complete design, planning, and construction within the same sprint. Each team member is involved in getting READY, planning, executing and being DONE. The results we observed are an increase in team morale, more predictable results and accumulation of less debt, while maintaining a constant velocity. Our process is a deviation from the established approach where upfront work needs to be ready before starting a sprint.
Learn how the Corporate Internet Solutions group at Nationwide Insurance found creative ways to manage the competing and vague priorities of corporate silos by incorporating ideation into the portfolio pipeline. As the connection point between otherwise disconnected corporate entities, the Product Owner team adapted the Scrum process to better manage 17 dependent projects, reluctant internal business partners, and suspicious methodologists, by articulating clear Pre-Discovery activities, RITE usability testing, scenario planning, and kanban in the quest for continuous flow.