Well, it's finally about to happen. I did a short presentation to get the team educated about Scrum (they seem excited about it), and we did our backlog selection and sprint backlog planning meetings yesterday. The sprint begins on Monday. I'm pretty optimistic, at least from the frontline level.
The biggest problem, of course, is trying to do something like Scrum in a big organization. I think our managers will like Scrum because it provides a lot of visibility into our progress and provides natural 30-day checkpoints at which to change course as needed. However, I'm still nursing some terrible fears:
As the sprint proceeds, I shall let you know how it goes!
My hope with these blog entries is to share some experiences so that others trying to use agile methods like Scrum in large organizations can benefit.