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Practical Advice for Implementing Scrum

Posted by SCRUMstudy® on November 24, 2022

Categories: Agile SBOK® Guide Scrum Scrum Principles Scrum Processes

Practical Advice for Implementing Scrum

There is a saying in Scrum community: If Scrum is not done in a Scrum way then it is not Scrum”

As a framework Scrum is very easy to understand but very complex to implement practically. The beauty of Scrum is its Simple nature. Try not to complicate it by adding anything. A beginner requires following the process as it is. Getting a good coach and spending some days to really understand it makes the learning easier than ever. Also using something simple to keep track on the backlogs and understand the basics is absolutely necessary. Experiment with different estimation techniques, pair programming, test approaches etc and find out what is best for the team.

Some of the key points to remember while implementing Scrum for the first time:

  1. Get Scrum Training for your team
  2. Get extra training for your Scrum Master and Product Owner
  3. Implement the processes and roles exactly as described in the Scrum Guide.
  4. Learn to do it the right way before you change.
  5. Early Focus on technical excellence – TDD, BDD, CI
  6. Limit number of items that are being worked on at once,
  7. Team should and must work together.
  8. Team’s goal is to complete the Job and not show that everyone is busy all the time.
  9. Initial focus on the “how you get the work done”, what process to follow and quality of the product, as opposed to how much you get done.
  10. Clearly “done” and “ready” for items coming off and going onto the task-board.
  11. Don’t skip on any ceremonies, especially the retrospective, that is the engine of growth.
  12. Do not use Sprint which is longer than a 2 week. Prefer 1 week if possible. Shorter Sprints have more opportunities for structured improvement.
  13. Do not hide dysfunctions.
  14. Do consider getting outside help, perhaps a coach.