If you work in the tech industry I am pretty sure you have heard about the project management framework – Scrum. More and more companies are moving their workflow away from other approaches to boost their productivity and efficiency. Nevertheless the framework is there to help you emphasise teamwork, accountability and iterative progress toward a well-defined goal, even if it is still quite difficult to implement and to get work to work properly. Below you can find five things to know about before you start your Scrum project.#1 Be Aware of What Scrum Is
Most of people have heard about Scrum, but do they really understand the idea behind it? Many people think that it is a process, or technology of creating products, which is not true. Scrum is just a set of general principles where different processes and techniques can be used. Scrum seems to be simple and easy, but in fact it is quite tricky to implement due to the misinterpretation of concepts and tasks.
#2 Transparency, Inspection, Adaptation
Scrum uses an iterative and incremental approach, so we can say that it controls the risks associated within a given project. At each stage, control is based on these three pillars: transparency, inspection and adaptation.
At each stage of product development you meet your team to discuss the progress of the project. There is no place for secrets – Transparency means that all elements of the process are visible to everyone who is responsible for that particular part and result.
The rule of transparency requires everyone to understand the rules and standards described in the same way; for example, they use common names, or define a common Definition of Done.
Inspection means that the Scrum team must regularly inspect the Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog and progress of the Sprint Goal, so that they can respond to all discrepancies on ongoing basis.
And the last one – Adaptation is when the person who does the inspection determines that one or more aspects of the process are beyond the limits, that the product thus produced is not acceptable, or that the process or material to be processed must be changed. The correction must be made as soon as possible to limit further derogations.
#3 Systematic work
Controlling and planning of the project’s next steps shouldn’t be limited only to the described and scheduled milestones, but should also be systematic and, if necessary, quite frequent. The team should listen to its Product Owner who is responsible for determining stories and has to prioritize the Team Backlog. Those priorities depend on the client’s business goals.
#4 Changes? No problem!
After every sprint you can decide if the part of backlog your team have been working on is ready. If you are not satisfied, the team will make all necessary changes during the next sprint. That’s the beauty of Scrum – being adaptive to changes. It is especially a great approach when your project cannot be defined up front due market changes or other external factors. The Scrum framework is essential for big, complex projects, where all the requirements are not clear for the project team, but you have gathered enough information to start work.
As I mentioned before, there are the three pillars of Scrum – Transparency, Inspection and Adaptation. However, if we want them to appear in our process, and work how they are supposed to, we need to understand and respect certain principles among the people involved in the process. I mean not only the Scrum Team, but also the stakeholders. Why? Simple. How do you want to create transparency if a company is not open for feedback? There are five values of Scrum – Courage, Focus, Commitment, Respect and Openness.
I would like to mention one specifically – Commitment. If you want to achieve success in a Scrum Project, you have to be committed to your work. You have to give the best of you, listen to you Product Owner and follow your Scrum Master. Both of them are there for you, they have duty to guide you, and help you to achieve the common goal.