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A Guide to Scrum for Beginners

During these crisis times, organizations must be fast-moving and nimble. Agile is an increasingly attractive methodology as it offers teams and organizations the flexibility to address any new challenge that arises. Scrum is one of the most prominent Agile frameworks of today. You don’t need any specialized skills or certifications to start. In this article at The Enterprisers Project, Dave Garrett shares some Scrum tips that beginners must follow to avoid project risks.

Key Points of Scrum

People often use Scrum and Agile interchangeably. However, Scrum is a framework for getting work done, whereas Agile is a mindset. Some of the critical points of Scrum that many teams find attractive includes:

  • Redundancy for large amounts of documentation
  • Seamless cross-functional teamwork
  • Clear communication and transparency

Main Scrum Roles

The product owner is a key stakeholder, who thoroughly understands the vision for the product and prioritizes the backlog. The product owner’s primary role is to drive the product towards its vision and have a constant pulse on the market and customer. Further, they eliminate blockers, help everyone on the team understand their roles and responsibilities, and how they contribute to the broader organizational goals.

Main Processes of Agile with Scrum

Planning Meeting

The work to be performed during the current sprint is planned during this meeting by the entire development team. The goal of this meeting is to make every team member clear of what must be delivered in the sprint.

Sprint

All events – from planning to retrospective – must happen during the sprint. Once Scrum Master establishes a time frame for a sprint (typically two weeks), it must be consistent throughout the development period.

Sprint Review

In this review meeting, the product owner reworks the product backlog based on the current sprint. The primary objective of a sprint review is to demonstrate the completed work and to gather valuable feedback.

Sprint Retrospective

This meeting focuses on identifying what went well with the team and what they struggled with. Together with the Scrum Master, the team creates an action plan and implements the findings throughout the next sprint.

If you are a beginner, don’t be overwhelmed with ‘more work.’ The idea behind Scrum is not to ‘do more work,’ it’s to work smarter and accomplish your goals. To read the original article, click on https://enterprisersproject.com/article/2020/7/scrum-for-beginners.

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