The sprint is the basic unit of productive time in Scrum. According to the official Scrum Guide (2017 version), the sprint is “the heart” of Scrum, a period of less than one month during which teams commit to and complete usable pieces of functionality. The sprint is the container for everything else – planning, working, … Continue reading To Sprint or Not
In a post from December, I covered Scrum board basics. The most basic version of a Scrum board is one that has three columns, one each for Backlog, Work in Progress (WIP), and Done. Let’s take it up a notch today with some tips for personalizing your board: 1. Call the backlog column whatever you … Continue reading Varying Your Scrum Board
A Scrum board is a simple way of visualizing the work you want to do, are currently doing, and have completed. The most basic Scrum boards have only three columns – Backlog (or To Do), Work in Progress (WIP), and Done. Visually, I always make the WIP column narrower than the other two as a … Continue reading What’s a Scrum Board, and How Can You Use One?
According to the Scrum Guide, Scrum teams have just three roles: Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Development Team. The Scrum Master is in charge of the Scrum process, making sure the Product Owner and Development Team use the Scrum meetings effectively and protecting the Team from outside influences during sprints so they can complete their … Continue reading What Are the Scrum Roles Again?
No! Agile Faculty explores how to adapt the values, framework, and strategies of Scrum to all aspects of faculty work. Scrum is popping up all over the place, moving from software into a variety of industries ranging from publishing, marketing, research and development, and non-profits. This Tech Republic article provides quick case studies of how … Continue reading Is Scrum Only for Software Development?
In industry, Scrum teams have four meetings, or rituals, per sprint: Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, and Sprint Retrospective. The Planning meetings is self-explanatory, and the Review meeting is essentially a demo of the work completed in the sprint to internal and external stakeholders. Of course, Agile Faculty might choose to use all or … Continue reading What Are the Scrum Meetings, and Do You Have to Hold All of Them?