An Introduction to Scrum Agile Project Management

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Lacking productivity? Missing deadlines? Wasting time on extra meetings?

If this sounds like your organisation, then you should consider Scrum. The Kingdom is now offering a range of workshop sessions to help get you out of your productivity rut.

So what is Scrum?

Scrum is a management framework helping organisations to boost their productivity.

It enables users to prioritise tasks efficiently and remove impediments, improving performance.

Scrum encourages team members to work in short sprints to reach mutual targets.

Scrum has evolved into one of the most widely used tools for optimising project planning. When used effectively, it can give organisations a strategic competitive advantage.

How does it work?

It all starts with a Scrumboard. Your first Scrumboard is normally a white board with post-it notes, divided up into 5 columns.

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As you get more advanced there are plenty of computer software programs that help with scrum. 

Playing planning poker is a fun way to organise

Scrum schedules tasks and delegates them within the team using planning poker. Planning poker uses a point scoring system to help the team set goals and monitor job performance.

 

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The Scrum framework involves three social objects, three roles and five ceremonies.

The social objects include the Product Backlog, the Sprint Backlog and the work visibility. The Product Backlog is a dynamic list of projects, arranged from least to most important. A sprint is work cycle ideally 1-4 weeks long. The Sprint Backlog is an ordered subset of the overall task list.

The three roles within Scrum belong to the Product Owner, Scrum Master and the Team. The Product Owner organises the Product Backlog and communicates with management. The Scrum Master manages operations and removes impediments for future improvement. The Team works autonomously to achieve the sprint goals.

Scrum encourages teams to hold five types of meetings during the sprint. These help teams plan, discuss, groom, review and reflect upon their scrum period.

Meetings help the team work more cohesively without regular interruption from management.

At the end of the period, points are calculated to measure the velocity of the sprint. The point total reflects the value of the work and the speed at which it was completed. 

At the end of the sprint, the team reflects upon their work and identifies areas for improvement. This method promotes continuous development and the transparency of the organisation.

Why Sign Up With The Kingdom?

As lucky users, The Kingdom can teach you how to use Scrum from a first-hand perspective. We will help you understand the process and how to implement the strategy into your workplace. You will learn that it is not about taking on new staff, it’s about making the most of your current resources.

If you want insider knowledge on how to get out of your rut, sign up for our Scrum workshops here.

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