Agile Software Development

How Velocity Speeds Up Scrum Team Development

When a scrum team starts working, the teammates have high-level client requirements, which is subject to change over time. The iron triangle of cost, scope, and quality is impossible in product development as the probability of variables is numerous. In this article at, David Sabine discusses how velocity speeds up scrum team development.

Speeding Up with Scrum Team

As per the author, theories of constraints have a common assumption—“a chain is no stronger than its weakest link”. The weakest link in a scrum team is teamwork. How do you know that a scrum team is working more efficiently every iteration? The team is using less time to conclude and collaborate. This is where velocity comes in.

Definition of Velocity

  • In mathematical terms, velocity is the distance you have travelled at a particular time. For a scrum team, velocity means ‘distance travelled through the Product Backlog’ over ‘Sprint Length’. The more the velocity of a scrum team, the faster it is travelling through product backlogs per sprint. Instead of thinking product backlogs as individual items, think it as work as a whole that the team needs to complete. So, the teammates increase velocity by learning to deliver the work faster.
  • Increased velocity means your scrum team is making smarter choices that are improving their actionable work hours. A sprint is a learning zone wherein the team improves their decision-making process. You can then reduce the time of coming to conclusions. With the incremental improvement in quality and collaboration, the scrum team can come up with shortcuts for problem-solving. So, your team increases velocity by working less.
  • A scrum team will try to reduce work for every product backlog items by automating predictable, repetitive items. The teammates will create models that they can reuse and adapt in the next sprints or projects. Learning from mistakes, the scrum team can lower risks and improve work quality.

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