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Agile Rookie: Making your Scrum work

„Scrum Masters, please don‘t touch the task board. It (and the items on it) do not belong to you.“ – Michele Sliger

 

Let’s make it clear – doing your job efficiently in turbulent times is really challenging, right? But, Agile is the new normal. And that’s the main fact. Being aware of the significance of Agile for every company, project or team is priceless.

Actually, getting out of your comfort zone is the best way to feel great about things that are good for you. More and more companies are using Scrum as the most beloved Agile framework. But, most of them are using Scrum not so well or in inefficient ways. Some researches show that many companies claim that Scrum isn’t for them (not because they’re not adequate for Agile) but mainly because some other frameworks work better. The context for an Agile Mindset has changed a lot. Really a lot. We can distinguish the development of Agile in the past, then how it really works in present after defining of Agile Manifesto and what are predictions for the future. You can see that the changes are inevitable and these changes are recommended and in the spirit of Agile mindset.

In the previous articles about Scrum and its interesting (and very attractive) facts we find out that this framework is nowadays extremely popular with lots of advantages. As we said, Scrum is the most beloved Agile framework.

 

Making your Scrum work? How’s that?

 

Scrum implies an equation – a framework that helps the team to work together. While Scrum is most frequently used by software development teams, its lessons can be applied to all kinds of teamwork. This is one of the reasons scrum is so popular. Often thought of as an Agile project management framework, scrum describes a set of meetings, tools, and roles that work in concert to help teams structure and manage their work.

 

#1 Scrum consists of three roles

 

1a) Scrum Master is a servant leader, someone who is responsible for the process, setting up the team, sprint meeting and removes obstacles;

1b) Product Owner is responsible for Product and all of its aspects. He/she creates product backlog, prioritizes the backlog and is responsible for the delivery of the functionality at each iteration;

1c) Scrum Team consists of different vocations and manages and organizes the work to complete the sprint. That’s why they called self-organizing teams.

 

#2 And how about Scrum Practices?

 

They are equally important for each Role. So, we have Sprint planning, Sprint, Daily Standup Meeting, Sprint Review Meeting and Sprint Retrospective Meeting. Each of them is crucial for understanding how the team works and was the sprint successful. But, a very meaningful event is…

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Daily Standup Meeting

 

The Daily Scrum is a 15-minute meeting/event of the Scrum team. This meeting’s flavor is unique to each team, and there are three simple questions to generate structure:

  • What did I work on yesterday?
  • What am I working on today?
  • What issues are blocking me and how do I work despite them?

This ceremony is quite useful in order to inform your teamsters how they can help you to finish tasks and sprint successful.

 

#4 But, the process flow is everything

 

So, that’s why each part of the Scrum framework is necessary. Each iteration in Scrum is called Sprint. Because of that, we have a Product Backlog as a list where all details are entered in order to get a proper product. Team works as a cross-functional, checking their activities on Daily Standup and delivers Product at the end of the Sprint.


 

In the end, Agile is a colorful umbrella with so many valuable frameworks. Which one do you choose? We wanted to offer you some great options and hopefully, you’ll find them helpful. Just tell us how can we assist you in this process and the rest is going to be fantastic! And, don’t forget to follow our Agile & THE Frameworks training in order to learn from the best about this business mindset.

 

Go for it, Agile Rookies!

This article is inspired and published on www.guru99.com and  www.atlassian.com blogs. Thank you for your inspiration and guidelines. 

Agile Rookie: Scrum it is!

„Scrum is like your mother-in-law, it points out all your faults.“ – Ken Schwaber

 

Let’s make it clear – doing your job efficiently in turbulent times is really challenging, right? But, Agile is the new normal. And that’s the main fact. Being aware of the significance of Agile for every company, project or team is priceless.

Actually, getting out of your comfort zone is the best way to feel great about things that are good for you. More and more companies are using Scrum as the most beloved Agile framework. But, most of them are using Scrum not so well or in inefficient ways. Some researches show that many companies claim that Scrum isn’t for them (not because they’re not adequate for Agile) but mainly because some other frameworks work better. The context for an Agile Mindset has changed a lot. Really a lot. We can distinguish the development of Agile in the past, then how it really works in present after defining of Agile Manifesto and what are predictions for the future. You can see that the changes are inevitable and these changes are recommended and in the spirit of Agile mindset.

In the previous articles about Agile and its interesting (and very attractive) facts we find out that this mindset is nowadays extremely popular with lots of advantages. As we said, Scrum is the most beloved Agile framework.

 

 

 

Scrum? How’s that?

 

#1 Same boat for the same passengers

 

You already know (or you’ve heard somewhere) that a marketer, software developer and programmer must function as one. Our dear friend and Trainer Petri Heiramo once said: “Once the above is in place, the people need to self-organize and get the freedom to do that. The management must not micromanage the team, but trust and expect that they figure out how to solve the problem.” So, Scrum supports self-organizing teams.

 

#2 Solving problems – yes or no?

 

Scrum doesn’t actually promise to solve any problems. Instead, it points to your problems and then it’s up to you to solve them. That’s why using Scrum is often so challenging but worthy for your business or a current project.

 

#3 Introspection: why not?

 

One of the things we love about Scrum is one special ceremony called retrospective. That’s right. Retrospective helps you to discover what goes wrong during the Sprint in order to look for potential improvements.

 

#4 Everything is about the people

 

And that’s one of the biggest truths in Scrum. You should respect and value people in your team and as Manifesto for Software Development says that “individuals and interactions over processes and tools” are very crucial. Especially good and meaningful communication.


In the end, Agile is a colorful umbrella with so many valuable frameworks. Which one do you choose? We wanted to offer you some great options and hopefully, you’ll find them helpful. Just tell us how can we assist you in this process and the rest is going to be fantastic! And, don’t forget to follow our Agile & THE Frameworks training in order to learn from the best about this business mindset.

Go for it, Agile Rookies!