I discovered this article that is comparing Scrum and Shape Up. I like the article. In the end, the author is pointing out a few points where he doesn’t like the Shape Up approach:
- Shaping is done by senior members outside of the team, possibly introducing waste and inefficient hand-overs.
- Teams get assigned to the work. I believe stable teams perform better than short-lived, temporary teams.
- How do you ensure teams have knowledge of the technical component they will be working on? Or is this taken into account when assigning team members?
- Totally unclear how Shape Up will work with bigger teams or scale with many teams. My initial impression is that it does not seem extremely scalable.
- No moment of reflection built-in where people can chime in to improve the process. This is a missed opportunity.
- Shape Up does not cover validation of what you’ve delivered, just discovery and delivery.
- The voice of people who will perform the work in the betting process seems small, apart from key senior people. It would be nice to include the team more in the decisions on what will be worked on, so there is more buy-in.
I would be curious to know how people would respond to those negative points. Thanks.