When I get to know something new and complicated I am trying to explain by comparing with resembling process from day-to-day life. So when I’ve heard about SCRUM I tried to compare the technology with something that I knew very well. Thereby here is a new explanation: SCRUM or sewing a dress.
When I want to order a dress I do it like this:
There is a Scrum master-the owner of the atelier, which was chosen
Product Owner –this is me.
Team- they are the tailors, that will sew the dress
Product Backlog – it is my preference in material, color, fashion, and others.
We are making a Sprint Backlog on the first meeting and the Team is beginning to make a sprint. I will see the results on the first fitting. If something doesn’t fit-we just discuss the problem and find the decision, just like in SCRUM.
Another example of SCRUM methodology is cooking. Dividing the process into iterations (time for cutting, boiling, adding the ingredients etc).
We have to add everything during the process and we have to taste all the time what have we cooked. (the only difference with SCRUM is that we are not able to playback, when we overdid the salt or pepper=))
Any other ideas?