In the preparation of this article, we discussed several ideas, how to introduce Scrum to you. In search of inspirations we have found the introduction video from the Scrum alliance.
In the end, this is a pretty short 80-seconds introduction to Scrum, which we would like to show to you, instead of reinventing the wheel again.
In addition to the video we would like to share more information:
Scrum is very good when it comes to establishing agile methods into an organization. By providing a simple approach it can easily be picked up and enhanced. Also Scrum is very well known and there are lots of experienced Scrum Coaches in the outside world of Covestro.
Scrum is a framework which provides a basis of 3 roles, 4 activities and 3 artifacts, which will now be explained in detail.
Each Scrum implementation is different though. Depending on the project or the organization there will be additional roles or activities. Scrum focuses on communication and collaboration by discussing requirements and short feedback cycles, which is the most important thing to keep in mind.
In the following we want to explain the different roles, activities and artifacts. Furthermore we want to provide you a check list what you have to prepare for your first Scrum project.
A simple method to describe requirements, by a user's perspective, with only one or a few sentences. Usually a user story consist of Who? What? And Why?
e.g.: "As a user I want to be able to back up my data in order to recover it in case of an error."
User stories are constantly refined and extended during the project. They are the basis for discussion about the features. This will help to get a clear understanding of the requirements.
An iteration of Scrum which is usually between 1 and 4 weeks long. Or in other words: This is the timeframe, in which work is planned continuously. Once the duration is set it should not be changed during the project though.
Artifacts provide information about the product, the requirement and the progress. The scrum team permanently works with the artifacts. For instance, an artifact is the list of requirements which are known so far.
Activities are mostly meetings which are part of each sprint. (The sprint itself can be seen as an activity too) By discussing and/or working with the artifacts during the activities, the project progress and obstacles become transparent.
Definition of Done
A project specific agreement which defines when a user story is completed.
This was the second part of our small Series about Agile Project Management. Look out for the next part which we are going to publish soon called "Agile Project Management – Agile Project Management in real Life"
The whole Series contains 4 pieces:
Agile Project Management – Basics (Part1)
Agile Project Management – What is SCRUM (Part2)
Agile Project Management – Agile Project Management in real Life (Part3)
Agile Project Management – Agile on the next Level – Program Management (Part4)
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Today we start with our short series about agile Project Management with this first article.
Nowadays almost everyone (at least in IT environments) talks about agile project management methods.
Some already checked them out, but often enough there are some counter positions to these methods which are related to some unclear things within the methodology.
This small series will try to describe in detail what agile project management is and what are the success factors.
First of all: agile project management is a methodology and a mindset! It is NOT a strictly designed process, which will solve problems magically.
Key points of "agile" are:
Agile Project management works iterative, the product AND the process will be reviewed and optimized after each iteration
The highly collaborative structure focuses on teamwork and end user transparency as in showing actual project progress or problems which slowed down the progress
At the end of each iteration there will be a product increment which can be used by the customer, this creates actual value and ROI even before the end of the project
Agile Project management can be used in nearly all custom development projects.
If your project has 100% fixed requirements, which will surely not change during the project (by the way...just because they are written down, it does not mean they are fixed!)…
If you roll out "commercial off-the-shelf" software, which is already packaged and automatically distributed (think about MS Office for example)...
If your project deals with upgrading or patching a system…
… then agile might not be the right approach.
If you are thinking about doing your own agile project it is highly recommended to involve an already agile-experienced colleague as an "Agile-Coach".
He can help you to set up the process and working mode and help to get a clear understanding what agile is about.
Here are some doubts which are quite common regarding agile methods:
This was the first part of our small Series about Agile Project Management. Look out for the next part which we are going to publish soon called "Agile Project Management – What is SCRUM"
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