I was deeply moved by this letter. I’ve seen how Scrum and similar pull-based approaches not only improve productivity, but reduce stress and improve quality of life for people, and this is a powerful example. I asked the sender if I may share it with the world, and thankfully he agreed. Here it is:
Recently I picked up a version of your free online edition of “Scrum and XP from the Trenches, How we do Scrum” and I have to say it changed my personal and professional life.
I have been and software developer on interactive voice response systems for close to 20 years now.
A few months ago I was speaking with a colleague and mentor of mine about his efforts to become a certified Scrum master. Up until this point I had never really been exposed to Agile and Scrum in detail and only knew some of the jargon. My colleague suggested that I research and learn more about the Agile philosophy and in particular Scrum. Since I have been suffering from a poor work life balance almost my whole career I decided to pay it some attention.
I read your paper on a Saturday night and decided that Sunday that I would implement Scrum start on Monday morning. So I quickly pulled together a spread sheet with what I had that night and formalized the excel sheet that was our product backlog. That Monday I held my normal morning meeting with my development team and the rest is history.
The short of it is that my team is finishing up its 3rd sprint next week and we all love it. A lot of the stress that was keeping me up at night has completely gone away. I feel in complete control when I come to the end of my work day. In the past two months I have even hung out with my family on Saturdays and Sundays. I have begun to add more of a balance back to my life.
I really wanted to thank you for writing this paper and putting it out in the world for free. The tips that your paper offered have literally saved my marriage and probably my life.
Thank you again for you effort.