Agile methodologies in teams with highly creative and autonomous members

09/10/2020 ∙ by Sergi Blanco-Cuaresma, et al. ∙ 0

The Agile manifesto encourages us to value individuals and interactions over processes and tools, while Scrum, the most adopted Agile development methodology, is essentially based on roles, events, artifacts, and the rules that bind them together (i.e., processes). Moreover, it is generally proclaimed that whenever a Scrum project does not succeed, the reason is because Scrum was not implemented correctly and not because Scrum may have its own flaws. This grants irrefutability to the methodology, discouraging deviations to fit the actual needs and peculiarities of the developers. In particular, the members of the NASA ADS team are highly creative and autonomous whose motivation can be affected if their freedom is too strongly constrained. We present our experience following Agile principles, reusing certain Scrum elements and seeking the satisfaction of the team members, while rapidly reacting/keeping the project in line with our stakeholders expectations.

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