More often, organizations pervert the notion of the Sprint “commitment” with crushing delivery pressure or a lack of a support structure that allows a real commitment culture to take hold. For these environments, you can see the team do a collective “Whatever!” when Sprint Planning ends and everyone is looking for the commitment to the Sprint Goals. The real “commitment” is just to get the Sprint Planning meeting over and done. It is these types of organizations from which the Scrum Guide felt the need to “protect” us by removing any notion of commitment.
Project oriented organizations focus entirely on getting a related set of intent packaged into a container called a project and seeing that entire container move through from requirements generation to software release. Release-Orientated organizations are singularly focused on continuously getting releases out the door that maximize business value delivery without being constrained to only releasing related business intent in the portfolio. To achieve the continuous release of software systems, organizations must apply lean thinking and principles to every aspect of their delivery frameworks and minimize the overhead associated with making releases with high quality. While Continuous Delivery has become a very popular destination for many software engineering and IT shops, Release Orientation goes well beyond the rapid feedback and rapid test and release cycles of Continuous Delivery. Release Orientation is focused on realizing value through regular and frequent solution releases going into production (or customers’ hands) – thereby realizing continuous value for the business. In other words – Continuous Concept to Cash.
We are happy to announce that Naeem and Brian will be Keynote Speakers at Agile PA on Wednesday, May 14th, at 6 PM. Our session is called “Hop Onto the Release Orientation Trolley”. This session will first be presented at Scrum Gathering on Tuesday May 6. This session builds on concepts from our Scrum Alliance article, “The Big Lever” - so take a look!