If you're leading a team or a business you need to deliver value. We all want to do meaningful work that has a positive impact, and Scrum is designed to maximize this kind of value.
So how does Scrum help me deliver value through my work?
To consistently deliver value, you must overcome various obstacles. Each team or organization has its own unique strengths and challenges, but here are three common challenges I think Scrum addresses well.
We should expect uncertainty; change is inevitable. The past few years have clearly demonstrated this reality. So what do we do? How do we lead? How does the critical work move forward?
Requirements are critical in defining the work to be done. But many times, requirements can be ambiguous or continually changing. Scrum uses the tools of user stories and acceptance criteria to clarify the requirements and frame them in terms of the end-user. Framing requirements for the user is a game-changer.
Frequent feedback prevents the team from working very long on “what the stakeholder said, but not what they meant
I’ve had many well-intentioned stakeholders ask for products they would have loved 30 years ago but would be a total miss for our target audience (college students) today. I have to ask, “What do you hope is the impact of this product? What need of the student does it meet, and what action do you hope they will take?”
These kinds of questions are core to user stories. As we walk through the process, the light bulb usually comes on, and they are willing to step back from their solution and entrust our team to help creatively solve today’s problem.
Scrum is an iterative process with most of the events commonly occurring on a two-week cycle. These short iterations (sprints) allow the team to receive regular feedback on the work they produce. This frequent feedback prevents the team from working very long on “what the stakeholder said, but not what they meant.”
Scrum brings simplicity to tackle both complexity and volatility
If the requirements change, work is reprioritized by the next sprint, and the team focuses on what will deliver the most value. The team can adapt quickly to these changes.
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