Discover how the Scrum framework can benefit your team to deliver high-quality products on time.
Published 23 Dec 2022
Scrum is a popular project management framework that helps teams work together more effectively. The Scrum framework is based on three pillars: transparency, inspection, and adaptation. Transparency means that all team members clearly understand the project's goal and their roles in achieving it. Inspection refers to the regular progress reviews that the team conducts to identify any problems or areas for improvement. Finally, adaptation means the team is willing to change how they work to achieve better results. By following these three principles, Scrum teams can deliver high-quality products promptly and efficiently.
In rugby, “scrum” is a term used to describe restarting play after a minor infraction. In 1986, Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka wrote “The New New Product Development Game” for Harvard Business Review, explaining that self-organizing teams are more innovative in product development and delivery using rugby as a metaphor.
Jeff Sutherland, Ken Schwaber, and Mike Beedle took the concepts from this paper—including the metaphor—and applied them to software development. They termed their new method ‘Scrum,’ after the rugby term that explains how teams take the ball and get it back into play again.
In 1993, they first debuted this method at Easel Corporation. A few years later, Schwaber and Beedle documented their successes in the book Agile Software Development with Scrum. And in 2004, Schwaber followed up with his account of events called Agile Project Management with Scrum—which just so happened to include information on the collaboration between him and Primavera.
Three attributes comprise the Scrum framework: accountabilities, events, and artifacts. Below are the descriptions of each attribute.
The Scrum Team members consist of the Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Development Team.
The Scrum events ensure project progress and alignment with the organization’s goals. These events create regularity and minimize other meetings.
The plans and work that can be inspected and allow for future adaptation; Each artifact has its record, which helps the team understand if they are making progress.
Empower your team with SafetyCulture to perform checks, train staff, report issues, and automate tasks with our digital platform.
Scrum offer numerous advantages, but it also has some downsides.
Scrum is a system that can help teams finish projects more quickly and efficiently. Here are its key advantages:
Although Scrum has many benefits, there are a few drawbacks. In some cases, Scrum is combined with other project management techniques, such as Kanban, to help resolve these issues:
The Scrum process is an Agile methodology that helps teams complete projects quickly and efficiently. Here are the steps of the Scrum process:
Understanding the difference between Scrum and Agile may help to think of Agile as an umbrella term. Many frameworks fall under the Agile umbrella, including Extreme programming (XP), Kanban, Scrum, etc.
Even though Scrum is a form of Agile project management, not every team using Agile practices uses Scrum specifically.
Gantt charts are common for projects but not for Scrum. In its place, various other types of reporting tools like Burndown charts (both Sprint and release), task boards, backlogs, sprint plans, release plans, and metrics charts exist to communicate progress more effectively.
A plethora of Agile project management software provides this information as a dashboard. The only required artifacts for Scrum teams are:
Other forms of documentation are optional, and each team decides whether to use them.
In many cases, the project manager takes on the role of Scrum Master, but this is not always so. There are various transformation permutations possible. One example would be a project manager who has also been serving as a domain or subject matter expert and might make a better Product Owner instead.
The traditional approach to estimating and planning relies on defining all requirements before defining any tasks. In contrast, Agile estimating and planning to use a top-down methodology to forecast.
Several project management tools are available to help teams work better with Scrum. You can maximize your Scrum implementation with the right tools. For the best Scrum experience, consider including SafetyCulture in your toolset. SafetyCulture perfectly complements any tools you might be using for Scrum, providing a platform for teams to collaborate better and keep up with progress.
Here's how SafetyCulture can help you:
Rob Paredes is a content contributor for SafetyCulture. He is a content writer who also does copy for websites, sales pages, and landing pages. Rob worked as a financial advisor, a freelance copywriter, and a Network Engineer for more than a decade before joining SafetyCulture. He got interested in writing because of the influence of his friends; aside from writing, he has an interest in personal finance, dogs, and collecting Allen Iverson cards.
Reverse logistics is becoming increasingly important in today’s business environment. ...
Benefits Effective data management offers several advantages to organizations. For one, it enhances ...
History Management consultants first developed the idea and terminology of KM. When the web became ...
Something went wrong with your submission.
Trying to log in? Click here to log in
Contact us if you require any assistance with this form.