Use scrum project Management to deliver working products with more business value.Scrum project management is a methodology for managing software delivery that comes under the broader umbrella of agile project management. It provides a lightweight process framework that embraces iterative and incremental practices, helping organizations deliver working software more frequently. Projects progress via a series of iterations called sprints; at the end of each sprint the team produces a potentially deliverable product increment.
Scrum is a proven and widely adopted method for achieving software agility. By working in short sprints, this iterative cycle can be repeated until enough work items have been completed, the budget is depleted or a deadline arrives. Project impetus is maintained, and when the project ends Scrum ensures that the most valuable work has been completed.
This contrasts sharply to the more traditional waterfall style approach that fixes the project scope upfront, requiring the extensive creation of requirements, analysis and design documentation before development can get started. Delays and budget overruns are common, and the failure to prioritize the feature set often results in low quality products that are overloaded with features that the customer/user does not actually require.
The Scrum approach to project management enables software development organizations to prioritize the work that matters most and break it down into manageable chunks. Scrum is about collaborating and communicating both with the people who are doing the work and the people who need the work done. It’s about delivering often and responding to feedback, increasing business value by ensuring that customers get what they actually want.
Shifting from traditional project management approaches to Scrum project management requires an adjustment in terms of the activities that are carried out, the artifacts that are created and the roles within the project team:
Sprint Planning Meeting: at the start of each sprint a planning meeting is held to discuss the work that is to be done. The product owner and the team meet to discuss the highest-priority items on the product backlog. Team members figure out how many items they can commit to and then create a sprint backlog, which is a list of the tasks to complete during the sprint.
Daily scrum or daily standup: each day during the sprint team members share what they worked on the prior day, will work on today, and identify any impediments. Daily scrums serve to synchronize the work of team members as they discuss the work of the sprint. These meetings are time boxed to no more than 15 minutes.
Sprint Review: at the end of a sprint the team demonstrates the functionality added during the sprint. The goal of this meeting is to get feedback from the product owner and any users or other stakeholders who have been invited to the review.
Sprint Retrospective: at the end of each sprint the team participates in a retrospective meeting to reflect on the sprint that is ending and identify opportunities to improve in the new sprint.
Scrum gives more importance to people than process. It achieves business goals on the strength of teamwork, regular communication and common sense. Scrum has born out of the belief that no one should spend their lives in doing meaningless work. It makes work people centred, and processes sane and enjoyable.
User stories are written in a way that captures the needs of customers or end users in natural language with all the emotions in it. As all decisions are taken with the involvement of the whole team, every member is empowered. The entire team feels the ownership.
Scrum is used in all industries and in making all types of products - from software to space ships. If you are associated with an organization at any managerial levels or if you are a project manager, training in Scrum and all its methodologies will change the way you work, plan and think. Synergy offers basic and advanced Scrum courses. The courses are delivered by certified Scrum trainers. Check out the list of courses currently available.