Software development projects demand high productivity and adaptability to meet the ever-changing requirements—this is where methodologies like Agile come into play. Inside the Agile methodology, there are frameworks like Scrum that help to structure teams and their functions. The Scrum Framework is crucial within Agile Software Development as it significantly increases productivity by delivering the product in an incremental and iterative method.
Here are five best Scrum practices we follow in our projects at TVS Next:
Let’s look into each Scrum practice in detail:
1. Conduct Scrum ceremonies consistently
The Scrum Master needs to make the team understand the importance of Scrum ceremonies within a Sprint. The main Scrum ceremonies are Sprint Grooming & Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review & Sprint Retrospective.
Regular meetings help the team stay updated on the work status and help to give and receive valuable feedback. A successful Scrum Master makes the team see the value in these ceremonies.
2. Plan and prioritize
Plan a new Sprint only when the backlog has enough items for the next two sprints. Ensure not to let scope creep happen.
A minimum of two Sprints backlogs must be planned and prioritized by the product owner, where the scope of the project and the Sprint goal must be clearly defined. Unless the goals for each Sprint are clearly laid out, it could become challenging to prioritize the tasks in the backlog.
3. Build a cohesive team
A Scrum team has five to nine people and three prominent roles: Scrum master, product owner, and the development team. Everyone in the team is equally important and must be treated as such.
The team’s learning is a continuous process that happens through experience developing the product and working as a team. The Scrum master’s job is to apply the Scrum framework successfully, lead the team’s meetings, empower the team to become cross-functional and self-reliant.
4. Deliver viable product
A Scrum master must encourage the team always to meet the requirements and deliver a viable product to the customer. For every Sprint, the team can show a demo to the principal stakeholders and receive feedback. They can then adjust and improve before delivering the final product for that Sprint.
5. Conduct Sprint retrospective
Even an excellent Scrum team can always improve. A Sprint retrospective is an integral part of Scrum to develop, deliver and manage complex projects. This meeting is held at the end of every Sprint. The agenda of this meeting is to discuss what the team did right and wrong and identify what they can change. The team can then decide on a plan of action to incorporate the findings in the next Sprint.
As a takeaway, I firmly believe that we can successfully implement the Scrum framework in any project if we follow the above best practices.
Following some golden rules such as being open to providing and receiving feedback, criticizing the work and not a person, and making decisions as a team further strengthen the implementation of Scrum in Projects.