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As a software developer at work, I really enjoy working in SCRUM. When I come home at the end of the day, it's easy to waste time, especially when I get my two kids in bed and I find myself in front of the TV or the computer doing nothing productive. I've been thinking about implementing Agile around the house, but I'm not sure how I can get my wife excited about a new system, or even If I can with my kids as young as they are at six and three years old. Can this be done in a family setting?

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With what goal? This question is very broad – Raystafarian Apr 13 '14 at 21:53
The goal is implementation of SCRUM to replace how we currently manage household tasks. – TK-421 Apr 13 '14 at 23:12
You can start by kanban system at home! I use KanPlan with my 3 kids: – user8220 Apr 14 '14 at 2:03
You can start using kanban and scrum... there's a lot of tips and tricks here with youngsters and older children. the agilekids book brings you all of that. and theres also a blog. – user8223 Apr 14 '14 at 7:04
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Cool beans! I would make the Product Owner your wife (who best knows what needs to be done in the home other than your wife), perhaps the smallest child could be the Scrum Master. I can see your smallest child loving the idea of helping you all get your job done faster and taking little messages back to mom.

As you all go about your day, keep track of things that need to be done and add it to perhaps a fish bowl and make this your product backlog. Having small daily meetings, perhaps at dinner, would allow you all to discuss your "workload". The children can talk about home work, the parents can talk about what needs to be done around the house and you can even add fun things to do to the product backlog. Don't make it all about work, "fun" should be added to the backlog as well.

Now when its time for your sprint, the Product Owner should place all the tasks to be done on the white board and the "team" can get them done however you all see fit during your sprint. The sprint could be one weekend or it could be work that needs to be done by the week's end.

As you all "sprint" you can add things to the "fish bowl" that you all noticed during your sprint and these may/may not be added to your next "sprint". At the end of every sprint, make sure you have a reflection period where you discuss what went right/wrong during the sprint. :-)

Your idea to implement Scrum into your household sounds like so much fun, it makes housework fun!

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@TK-421 Others may think that one of the parents should be the Scrum Master but I disagree. I think the child would be more able to "help" the team while the parents may become more dictatorial. And besides, who wouldn't Love to see a little baby walking around "helping" you all. :-) – Sharron Denice Apr 13 '14 at 22:41

Have a look at the book "Agile Kids" by Shirly Ronen-Harel. It's a great resource for using the whole agile portfolio (not only scrum). She also has a very good blog about that.

If you want to go even further, have a look at my blog1, it is about applying Lean for self-management.

1Yes, I am affiliated with it.

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These are great pointers. However, you could improve your answer a lot by discussing some of the main points from the sites you reference. – Kramii Apr 15 '14 at 8:34

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