What is Scrum?

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Overview of the Scrum Agile Methodology:

 

Product Backlog:

A product owner creates a prioritized wish list. This is called a “product backlog”.


Sprint Planning:

During sprint planning, the team pulls a few items from the top of that wish list. This is called a “sprint backlog.” They then decide how to implement those pieces.


The Sprint:

The team has a certain amount of time — a “sprint” (usually two to four weeks) — to complete its work. The team meets each day to assess its progress (this is called the “daily scrum”).


The ScrumMaster

Along the way, the “ScrumMaster” is the person who keeps the team focused on its goal.


End of the Sprint

By the end of the sprint, the work is shippable: ready to hand to a customer, put on a store shelf, or show to a stakeholder (e.g. SME end user, Product Owner)


The sprint ends with a sprint review and retrospective.

 At the start of the next sprint, the team chooses another section of the product backlog, and the Scrum starts again.

 

We recommend you read this excellent article on how iterative development, as described above, can improve project economics and Return on Investment.  Good information to pass onto CFOs.

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