How to Eat an Elephant

How to Eat the Elephant Using Scrum


Are you faced with an enormous, complex problem that seems impossible to conquer? Imagine if someone asked you to eat an elephant! 🤔 But what if there was a way to approach it one bite at a time? 🍽️

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Approaching the Elephant

As an experienced Scrum professional, I often find myself faced with complex problems that seem insurmountable. To help others understand the power of the Scrum framework, I often start with a simple analogy: eating an elephant. Just like a big problem, an elephant can be overwhelming if approached as a whole. However, by breaking it down into smaller, manageable pieces, we can achieve remarkable results.

Can You Help Me Eat the Elephant?

One day, a partner approached me with a problem they couldn’t fully comprehend. They were aware of its enormity and complexity but didn’t know where to begin. They asked me if I could help them “eat the elephant.” Intrigued, I explained that while it’s impossible to consume an entire elephant in one go, we can tackle it piece by piece.

One Bite at a Time

I shared a story with my partner to illustrate the approach we would take. Imagine standing before a massive elephant. At first glance, it may seem impossible to consume it entirely. However, if we adopt a systematic approach, we can break it down into manageable bites and conquer the task.

Applying Scrum to Eating the Elephant

To tackle the elephant-sized problem, we will apply the principles of the Scrum framework. Here’s how we can adapt the process to “eating the elephant”:

  1. Choose the Right Bite: We must carefully select which part of the elephant to start with. This decision is based on the highest value and urgency for our customers. By prioritizing their needs, we ensure that our efforts are focused on delivering the most valuable outcomes.
  2. Explain the Value: With each bite we take, it’s important to communicate the value it brings to our customers. Whether it’s improving efficiency, enhancing user experience, or increasing revenue, we must align our efforts with the needs and expectations of those we serve.
  3. Create an Eating Agenda: Just like a Scrum backlog, we need an eating agenda. This roadmap outlines the order in which we will consume each bite, based on the priority and dependencies. It provides a clear plan that guides our progress and keeps us aligned with the desired outcomes.
  4. Low-Quality Meat: Occasionally, we may encounter low-quality meat during our elephant feast. In Scrum, we prioritize delivering high-quality work, and low-quality meat represents potential risks or ineffective solutions. By placing it at the end of our agenda, we allow our customers to make informed decisions about whether to consume it or discard it.

Embrace Scrum and Tackle Your Own Elephants

In conclusion, when faced with complex problems, remember the elephant analogy. Just as eating an elephant is possible one bite at a time, tackling big challenges is feasible with the Scrum framework.

By prioritizing customer value, creating a clear roadmap, and delivering high-quality work, we can conquer even the most daunting tasks.

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