Today I just want to write about some thoughts that came to my head after reading the InfoQ article about Scrum adoption in China.
The article itself is very interesting, since it shows the benefits (and also problems) that companies have had when adopting Scrum. But what triggered this post was the chart shown below, provided by one of the interviewed companies, when they were asked What’s the benefit that Scrum brought to your project, your company?
What this chart shows is that Scrum improved the quality of worklife of most members of the team. And I am writing about it because I think this is one of the aspects of agile methodologies that isn’t perceived as much as it should.
When you work with agile, instead of working alone, you work in pairs, instead of holding all the problems by yourself, you share it and discuss it, instead of working as an individual, you are part of a team.
And that makes all the diference from when you work in non-agile environments, sit alone in your cubicule and interact only with your computer during all day. That makes a diference in your life.
So, if you don’t want to try agile because of the productivity aspect, at least try it for the sanity of the persons working for you.