Do you have a good sense of whether or not your Development Team is doing Scrum properly? How do you even measure the proper practice of something like the Scrum framework? Agile can be a tricky thing to adopt and master, as it allows for so much flexibility. Here are a few tips to help you determine if you are doing Scrum properly.
1. Get the Team to Work As One
One of the big pillars of Scrum is having a Development Team that can self-organize. It is all about empowering the team to figure out how they work best together. A team functioning as a single cohesive unit, versus a team functioning as a group of individuals, will be much more productive. When you have a Product Owner, Scrum Master, Architect, and Developers all buying into the vision, you’ll be off to the races!
2. Leverage the Benefits of Scrum
Successful adoption means you are leveraging the benefits of Scrum throughout the development process. Look at every member of the Scrum team and ensure they know the fundamentals and core values of Scrum. The Product Owner should be able to take the vision of the project and articulate it to the Development Team so they can create a valuable product for the stakeholders.
The Scrum Master should be there to ensure the whole project comes together. They keep the team focused on Sprint goals, the Scrum framework, and help to mitigate distractions the team may face. The Development Team should work towards achieving the vision laid out by the Product Owner and working within the Scrum framework. This includes setting Sprint goals, performing demos of complete functionality, retrospectives, and so on.
3. Rely on the Values of Scrum
The values of Scrum focus on a few things the Development Team should keep in mind:
Commitment - The Development Team needs to commit to achieving the vision, as well as the goals from one Sprint to the next.
Courage - The Development Team needs to have the courage to face tough issues. These include any conflicts arising from miscommunication, or unexpected requests from the client.
Focus - The Development Team needs to focus on the task at hand at all times. Avoid distractions and work towards the goals of the current Sprint.
Openness - Everyone on the team should agree on what the next Sprint goals are. Do the goals make sense? Does everyone feel comfortable speaking up? Are stakeholders being challenged? Are the stakeholders challenging the team? These are all questions to consider.
Respect - The Development Team needs to respect one another as independent individuals that can all contribute to the project.
Adopting Scrum involves adopting a new mindset and framework for functioning as a Development Team. The team must inspect and adapt their practices towards doing Scrum right. Take corrective action through retrospectives and keep moving toward greater agility. Put the time in and make sure you are thinking about Agile and Scrum rather than just going through the motions of the various events. By really buying in, you will be able to leverage the many benefits Scrum offers.