I just found out about Zombie Scrum and I had a great laugh! Go ahead Google it – zombie scrum. It’s hysterical and 100% true.
And it’s why I feel compelled to write. It has a name now – ‘ZOMBIE PROJECT MANAGEMENT’. It drives me insane – at all levels.
To be clear – this is not just about scrum and agile, this is about waterfall too and all hybrids. This is equivalent to bean counters, box checkers, boring status meetings. This should be at the VERY top of every ‘common project management mistakes’. Going through the motions, no emotional intelligence, no foresight, no life, no caring. That’s what this is really talking about – moving those stickies across the wall without giving a sh*t about what you’re doing or why. Makes me so frustrated.
I LOVE the term Agile Coach. What a great segue away from the mundane to something active and alive. Waterfall is too old fashioned – for many reasons and at many levels but it’s not completely obsolete yet. I’m not a huge proponent of Agile by the way – it has it failures too. I am a proponent of do what’s needed in the situation you’re in – maybe it’s agile, maybe it’s waterfall, maybe it’s a hybrid, maybe it’s pure lean. Take the time to see what is going on and pick the right process and methodology for the personalities/project/time you have to do it.
Be smart. Be engaged. Be caring.