Ever thought you can draw a parallel between Agile and sailing? Or you could view your skipper as the Product Owner, and yacht team members as Scrum team members? Richard tells the story of the FASTNET Race, how their crew was managed, and what they achieved.
We sort of understood what the client wanted:
Our high level plan:
Start from Cowes (on time)
Sail South West
Go flat out nonstop, but with sustainable pace of two watches 3 hours on 3 hours off for at least 4days
Turn right at the Scilly Isles
About turn at the Fastnet
Turn left at the Scilly isles
Finish in Plymouth
Arrive back with the same number of crew as you started with, ideally - still in working order
The Product Owner - Peter (Skipper (the Yacht owner))
The Scrum Master – Alex
The Scrum Team Members:
John and Richard – Watch 1
Pauline and Mike – Watch 2
The technical environment (JAVELIN)
A readiness assessment by the RORC committee
Sustainable Pace 1 of 2
Sustainable Pace 2 of 2
A burn-down ‘chart’ for the Product Owner!
2.5 Days into the Sprint – And we are half way down the burn chart:
OK - Definitely you’re more agile than us!
And finally, ‘Done-Done’.
The Retrospective (6:30 AM over breakfast)
ScrumMaster “I think we know how we could have done it quicker… Next time [ha] we’ll …”
The End Product (yellow track):
Sprint duration 4.75 Days
Sprint Velocity 6.41 Nm/Hour
660 Nm logged for the 608 Nm course
HMS “Not allowed to say’ in the way
Russian freighter – blocking the entrance to Plymouth Sound in the last of the 600+ miles.
Failing boat batteries
Images source: Personal archive