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Maybe I've been lucky up to this point myself, a kind of survival bias or something, but a "lightened" version of Scrum has always made so much sense to me when it comes to developing software.

Our requirements change, they often change daily, from forces outside of our control. Fickle clients are one thing, but even things as predictable as implementing protocols can be uncertain. Many times you'll design and implement the perfect solution to the problem at hand, and then hit a nasty bug mid way of some tool / lib you're relying on that would make you rethink your whole approach. This can drive you into a rabbit whole in itself. Its always nice to consult with your team at that point to see if its actually worth it.

As far as I understand "Scrum" is just a collection of practices that helps us actually ship something in a reasonable amount of time. Each standup can be a "battle plan meets the enemy" kind of moment. And as we know, "no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy". Yes its uncomfortable sometimes, but it should force us to deal with reality a bit more often and I think that's a good thing.

And scrum and it mutations has survived to this day for a reason. Teams that employ it are much faster to adopt to changing conditions, and thus "outevlove" the competition. I really hope that we can codify a more humane way of dealing with those problems, but at its heart, I think scrum is better suited for software development than its predecessors. We need time (and willingness) to "evolve" it as well.






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