In a previous post, we have discussed Lean, on this post we will focus on another project and time management method called ‘scrum’. Scrum is especially useful when handling complex projects for which a detailed planning is hard to make. The scrum method is mostly used when it is unclear which tasks need to be handled at the beginning.
Within scrum, there are several roles that the team members must take. There is a Scrum Master, who guides the scrum process. The developers (the person(s) that make the product) and the scrum master work together with the product owner (the person who receives the product).
The product owner states the requirements of the product (made by the client) and communicates these to the team. These requirements are called ‘user stories’ and are added to a list ‘product backlog’. The priority requirements are added to the list ‘sprint backlog’.
A sprint takes place in a set timeframe. First, a sprint planning is made and ends with a sprint review and a sprint retrospective meeting. After every sprint, a preliminary product is made. Depending on the project, multiple sprint might be needed. After each sprint, the team evaluates, gives feedback (on the product and the teamwork) and formulates how the next sprint should take place.
Scrum improves the work quality of the team by enhancing the interaction, input and therefore motivation of the individual team members.
The values of scrum show the motivation and team spirit: dedication, courage, focus, respect, openness.
Below, you can find an educational video that goes further in-depth about this methodology.
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