I was hoping someone could help me wrap my head around agile…
I have worked in an agile environment in a previous company and I thought it was alright, nothing really to rave about and nothing to complain about either.
However, in my current company they recently introduced - recently, meaning February this year.
I hate it.
We run a two-week sprint. In that, we have daily stand ups, 2 hour sprint planning, 2 hour sprint retrospective, 2 x 1 hour sprint reviews (one to stakeholders, and then one to the rest of the company), and 3 x 1 hour backlog refinement meetings.
I spend most of my time in meetings talking about how we are going develop/test X, Y and Z, and barely any time actually doing the work. However, our project manager - who is also our scrum master and pretty much product owner - still expects us to produce the same volume of work as before.
This is a headache but I could probably still bear it.
What I cannot bear though is the fact testing just isn’t accounted for. I am still being expected to regression test within one day, which is something that has always taken me three days. I’m not a slow worker, but the nature as to why the regression is so large and long-winded is beyond scope of this chat and warrants its own rant.
I’m on day 17 of the sprint doing regression while the programmers are on day 3 of the next sprint, doing programming work. I raised a high priority regression bug but apparently no one is able to come off sprint work to fix this sprint and they decided to revert the entire epic that was being blocked.
Surely I am not the only one that thinks this is a bonkers way of working and totally defeats the purpose of agile?