“Do you think there are culture barriers in promoting the idea of Scrum in China?”
Ken Schwaber is one of the founders of the Agile movement – looking for better alternatives to the ‘traditional’ big-bang, waterfall mega-projects that plague project management in the private and public sector.
His latest blog asks “Do you think there are culture barriers in promoting the idea of Scrum in China?”
I found one case study for my book In Bhopal, India, where an agricultural advice system was being developed to provide information to the managers of over 500 farms. Using Scrum, at an early stage it became obvious that having a government official as a product owner, based in the research center, when the researcher was based in the farming community would be problematic. Therefore, a local farmer was appointed as product owner. Things then went well.
Experience will always trump culture, and Agile Project Management emphasises an experiential approach over strict methodological orthodoxy, so China will adopt (in time!).
Source: “Agile Project Management for Government”, page 163