Scrum derives its name from the rough and tumble game of Rugby. When Jeff Sutherland was developing the process in 1993, he claimed the term from a fascinating study published in the Harvard Business Review. In that study, Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka compared the efficient performance of cross-functional teams to the scrum formation used in the game of Rugby.
The idea behind the framework is a system that empowers teams to complete complex projects in the most efficient and simple way possible. Scrum is complex, yet phenomenally simple. It is a streamlined framework that enables efficient collaboration on projects of all sizes. The Scrum framework is designed to offer just enough structure (through a fairly small set of rules) to keep teams focused on solving problems and meeting challenges.
How it Works
Scrum takes a pretty major paradigm shift for anyone unfamiliar with Agile methodologies; however, the processes (in principle) are quite simple:
1. The Product Owner builds a product backlog. This is essentially a “wish list” of needed features for a specific product.
2. The team plans a “sprint”. They select a specific feature or goal from the product backlog, and they plan out how they intend to accomplish that goal.
3. The team sets a timeline for the sprint. A sprint usually spans two to four weeks, and the team meets daily to assess progress and to identify any roadblocks. As the team works, the Scrum Master acts as a servant leader, protecting the team from outside distractions, facilitating their work, and keeping the team focused on the goal.
4. The sprint ends with a shippable product. This doesn’t mean the entire project is complete, but a specific feature should be ready to hand over to a customer or stakeholder. The team runs a sprint review and retrospective to gauge effectiveness.
5. A new sprint begins. The team tackles the next task on the backlog and gets to work.
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