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The Scrum Blog
by Bruce Eckel
October 10, 2008
Because the "Python 3 Patterns and Idioms" book project is distributed, I created a blog for everyone to give scrum-like reports. Did I just invent something?


So far it's just me, but my intent is that everyone who is actively working on the project will be able to give reports -- not in a stand-up meeting, but whenever someone gets to a point where it's worth reporting progress.

I've personally found it quite useful to journal what I've done, what I'm planning to do next, and where I'm stuck, in scrum-like fashion, but it will be especially interesting to see what happens when I finally get the architecture of the project worked out and put something up that other people will be able to start working on, and reporting on.

I think a big part of the reason this might work in an open-source project and not necessarily in a company (although who knows, it might) is that there is no management to "care" about progress in the project; it will just be the participants and consumers who want to see how things are going and how they might help.

So did I invent something here, or have other people been using something like this -- if so, how has it worked for you?

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Bruce Eckel ( provides development assistance in Python with user interfaces in Flex. He is the author of Thinking in Java (Prentice-Hall, 1998, 2nd Edition, 2000, 3rd Edition, 2003, 4th Edition, 2005), the Hands-On Java Seminar CD ROM (available on the Web site), Thinking in C++ (PH 1995; 2nd edition 2000, Volume 2 with Chuck Allison, 2003), C++ Inside & Out (Osborne/McGraw-Hill 1993), among others. He's given hundreds of presentations throughout the world, published over 150 articles in numerous magazines, was a founding member of the ANSI/ISO C++ committee and speaks regularly at conferences.

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