Scrum is a robust framework for getting things done. Maybe you’re interested in using Scrum but wondering:
Will Scrum work with the kind of work I do? Do I need to customize it to make it work?
Most of the content written about Scrum assumes a software development context, but you can apply it to so many other types of work. This article will cover three essential topics to help you begin using Scrum in whatever kind of work you do.
While you probably could try and apply Scrum to any type of work, there are some places is it will thrive and others where it will feel forced or even detrimental.
Scrum takes an incremental and iterative approach, and this approach shines in uncertain or changing environments. Because scrum has a rhythm of evaluation and adaptation, how the product owner prioritizes the work can change as needed.
If your work requires everything to be known before you begin, applying Scrum will likely feel forced. Constructing a bridge requires a commitment to finish according to the original plans and not change course halfway across the river, and it’s probably not going to be a good project for Scrum.
However, most projects these days are not this rigid.
But even if your work is less product or service oriented, remember that Scrum is about maximizing the value delivered. So if you lead a finance team, you could use Scrum to help your team continually evaluate what work needs to be done each sprint to deliver the most value to the organization and your customers.
Scrum assumes and really requires a collaborative team, and the whole team owns the completion of work in the backlog. There is an intentional shift from I to we as a team learns Scrum.
You will want to evaluate the current level of trust in your team. Adopting Scrum might be more than the current team dynamics could handle if it's shallow. Even on a healthier team, the shift can be difficult at first but usually results in greater trust and collaboration than there was before.
Here are a couple of other team-related considerations:
I’m continually experimenting to see how Scrum can help me and others get essential work done. Here are examples where I’ve applied Scrum to different kinds of projects.
Leaning Scrum for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. There are many new terms and concepts in Scrum.
Well we’re here to help.