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Turn your Scrum Project Into a Joy to work in… and create great products, sooner! Check out Inside the Scrum Team to experience how Scrum is intended to work!
Many organizations get bogged down by changing priorities, too many meetings, and a lack of focus and poor results. Read further for a quick overview of how Scrum enables successful development and three dimensions to evaluate your company’s performance.
Scrum is a simple, team-based framework for solving complex problems. If you only remember one thing about Scrum, remember this: “Inspect and Adapt at regular intervals… and tell yourself the truth.”
Scrum was created for software development, where it is widely used, but today it finds application in many other complex domains, like corporate transformation, hardware development, and education, to name just a few.
Scrum was modeled on patterns of successful product development. Scrum works in short iterations, called sprints. At least once per sprint, the Scrum Team produces a new version of the product with a few new or upgraded features.
This is called the “Product Increment,” but I like to call this a tangible result: Each Sprint produces a tangible result that supports the overall goal: Something you can use, something you could sell, something you can test in real life; most importantly, something the Scrum Team can review together with its stakeholders.
Whether your team is developing software or doing something else, the idea is to produce tangible results, every sprint. You can produce increments more often, even deploy them continuously, if that makes sense and your team has the technical excellence to do it.
Want to get better at product development? Evaluate how you’re doing today. Ask everyone you can: On a scale of 0 (strongly disagree) to 10 (strongly agree), how well does each statement apply to our organization?
- We have assembled and focused all the skills and authority necessary to solve the problem at hand.
- We can respond quickly to customer needs by producing an improved, valuable, and tangible result every few weeks.
- We recognize and address impediments to progress quickly and effectively.
For an insight into how a Scrum team is intended to function, check out “Inside the Scrum Team!” You’ll find it on my profile. It’s a great basis to start a conversation on improving your team, your organization, and your results.