Scrum Framework

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To simplify complex problems and offer a simplified approach that is highly capable of solving them effectively, the agile world relies heavily on agile methods and the scrum framework, as they represent the basis of this paradigm. Whether used in organizations or on personal projects, the application of scrum has proven to be critical. The results it produces are impressive, which is why it has become so widespread.

It is a progressive, iterative, and incremental way of working that was originally developed for the agile and software development community. It allows tasks to be broken down into individual activities so that they can be completed at various times by two or more people. This approach has proven to increase the scalability and agility of projects in the long term.

However, it is important to understand the concepts to maximize your potential. For this it is crucial that individuals are aware of how they differ and how each can be beneficial depending on the task you are trying to complete.

To help you understand, in this article we will explain everything you need to know about the subject. Keep following our content and learn more!


AGILE METHODS: WHAT ARE THEY?

Before we explain what a Scrum framework is, it is necessary to understand what agile methods are. Check out!

The principle of Agile, is a set of practices based on the values described in the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, also known as the “Agile Manifesto”.

This document was signed by IT professionals around the world and aims to guide actions to achieve greater added value and customer satisfaction.

If you want to know more about this subject, read our article about Agile Methodologies.


SCRUM FRAMEWORK: WHAT IS IT AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

But what is the Scrum framework anyway?

It refers to a project management methodology. An iterative, incremental process that is designed to manage complex projects.

That is, it is a structure that assumes that the work will be done in short cycles with the objective of maximizing the effectiveness of the team. To prioritize collaboration between individuals and the constant practice of feedback.

Based on these insights, managers from different departments can organize their processes and direct their work towards the micro-objectives of each area and the general objectives of the organization in a transparent, intelligent and efficient way. This helps them to be agile as they work towards long-term goals.

A Scrum works with short cycles called “sprints” that typically last 2-4 weeks. In each sprint, the team works together to create a set of deliverables that are shared with stakeholders for feedback and testing. After each sprint, the team reflects on what went well and what didn't, making changes in subsequent sprints as needed.


HOW TO GUARANTEE A GOOD SCRUM RESULT?

To ensure good results from this methodology, it is necessary to follow its three pillars:

- Transparency;
- Inspection;
- Adaptation.


TRANSPARENCY

The first pillar ensures that all parties are aware of every step. This helps make everyone involved feel included in the project and will result in better results.


INSPECTION

The second pillar aims to follow the development and status of all stages. Understanding the frequency of executions by each team member is important to ensure that the final deliverable is of high quality.


ADAPTATION

Between Scrum inspection cycles, you can adjust the project scope to suit your business needs. That way, you can complete the project with different results than you initially expected.


THE SCRUM TEAM

The Scrum Team is made up of three main components:

- Product Owner;
- Development Team;
- Scrum Master.


PRODUCT OWNER

The Product Owner is the person who has the responsibility to decide what will be worked on and make decisions that balance the needs of all stakeholders. That is, they are responsible for:

- Clearly express Product Backlog items;
- Sort Product Backlog items to better achieve goals and missions;
- Optimize the value of the work that the Development Team performs;
- Ensure the Product Backlog is visible, transparent, clear to all, and shows what the Scrum Team will work on next;
- Ensuring that the Development Team understands Product Backlog items at the necessary level.


DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Development teams are structured to make the most of their skills and focus on the needs of the project. The ideal development team size is small enough to be agile, but large enough to complete significant work in a sprint.


SCRUM MASTER

The Scrum Master is responsible for supporting and promoting the implementation of Scrum. They are also responsible for ensuring the project achieves its objectives, managing a successful product backlog and providing support to the team.


SCRUM EVENTS

The use of Scrum events aims to bring a level of regularity to your process, minimizing the need for meetings. It is important to note that all events must be timed.

The events are the following:


SPRINT

A sprint is a short, fixed period during which a team works to complete a certain amount of work. The next Sprint starts immediately after the previous one is completed.


SPRINT PLANNING

It precedes the sprint. Your goal is to define what can be delivered in the sprint and how that goal will be achieved.


DAILY SCRUM

A 15-minute timed event for the team to synchronize activities and create a plan for the next 24 hours.


SPRINT REVIEW

It is an action taken at the end of each sprint to inspect what has been accomplished, assess what should be prioritized in future sprints, and adapt the backlog accordingly.


SPRINT RETROSPECTIVE

It is an opportunity for the team to inspect itself and create a plan for improvements to be implemented in the next Sprint. This will give them the opportunity to see what works well, what can be improved, and how they can continue to advance their goal.


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