Get certified - Transform your world of work today


Part-Time Team Development

11 July 2013

Chia Kwan

We initiated a project with a team of five developers working on a part-time basis. They all had at least three years of development working experience. The development activities were planned for every Tuesday and Thursday evening, and our daily Scrum meeting was typically conducted at 6.30 p.m.
This part-time team faced a big challenge: Some of them were occasionally not able to work on certain days due to other commitments. It was not possible to ask them to put their regular jobs aside, so we let the team reorganize itself and plan for Scrum activity days that were most suitable to them. The team members proposed to the ScrumMaster a rescheduling of some of the development days to weekends. On the occasion that some team members were absent, they would make up the development day by reporting to the development room on another day. Fortunately, the team members were highly supportive of each other, and the two active members -- who are always present -- were able to provide advice and moral support to those who were absent.
Ultimately, essential features required by the users were delivered after a few sprints, and the entire project lasted five months. The beauty of Scrum is that the process promotes team collaboration and allows the team to organize itself to achieve optimal productivity.

Opinions represent those of the author and not of Scrum Alliance. The sharing of member-contributed content on this site does not imply endorsement of specific Scrum methods or practices beyond those taught by Scrum Alliance Certified Trainers and Coaches.

Article Rating

Current rating: 5 (1 ratings)


Be the first to add a comment...

You must Login or Signup to comment.

The community welcomes feedback that is constructive and supportive, in the spirit of better understanding and implementation of Scrum.


Newsletter Sign-Up