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Scaling the Card Wall

  • Feb 28, 2012 · 5:45 PM
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Post-its, Sharpies, cardstock paper, Blu-Tack, tape and damaged paint. These are all hallmarks of the "my first scrum" experience - the adoption of a physical cardwall. Along with the daily standup, the cardwall is how many teams first get a taste of scrum (or agile in general). It's great at first, but once our fingers bleed and our post-its lose their stick we start to wonder - why do we do this to ourselves?


The literature on scrum strongly endorses the physical cardwall, claiming that it provides a readily-updatable, single-source of truth. But do the advantages really outweigh the shortcomings?


Can a digital solution eventually win out?


This talk questions why we gravitate towards a physical cardwall and provides a comprehensivediscussion of the tradeoffs taken by a number of digital alternatives.

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  • Stuart

    The vide of James giving this talk at Atlassian Summit is available, http://summit.atlassian.com/archives/2012/scrum-kanban/scrum-shock-therapy

    July 10, 2012

  • Terry H.

    This was my first meetup, interesting well delivered presentation, (thanks James,) that generated some very interesting discussion.

    March 5, 2012

  • Gokul

    Well done James, Presentation was really thought provoking, thanks for that, is it possible to share the slides??

    March 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice presentation, as you asked for constructive comments to improve it, I'm trying to think of some but it is a bit tough. The only one I can come up with is to appeal to a wider audience is to be conscious of language like 'dog fooding' (and cat fooding even ;-), not sure how widely know these terms are. But feel free to ignore this, you have a nice informal style and you don't want to lose that.

    February 29, 2012

  • Muhammad F.

    It was a nice survey and presented very well. Nice work James.

    February 29, 2012

  • Catherine V.

    It was an interesting, realistic and pragmatic presentation. The feedback from the audience was also good

    February 29, 2012

  • Edster

    Lot of people with different backgrounds using scrum in their workplace resulted in different opinions and perspectives so was very interesting.
    Speaker did lots of research and gave a good speech.

    February 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice presentation, It generated a good discussion. I look forward to more meetings. Well done James :-)

    February 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very useful meetup. The presentation was well presented and the topic relevant to my situation. It generated a lively discussion that I only wish I had time to continue in the pub after :-)

    February 29, 2012

  • Jeremie

    A subject investigated at least once by each agile team!
    Great retrospection on a collaboration journey through cards and physical or digital board.
    The essential is covered, now how do we adapt!
    Would like to see more experiences shared like this one.
    Thank you James and Stuart.

    February 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks :-), I'll Probably have to leave after an hour unfortunately

    February 28, 2012

  • Julian S.

    Ok... Bad jokes aside.. An hour or two at a guess.

    February 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    How long do you think it will be?

    February 28, 2012

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