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Steer Your Product Delivery to Success with Scrum

How Scrum values are your steering wheel

20 April 2017

Arun RG

Scrum adoption

Product- and project-oriented organizations have huge internal and external delays that affect teams. They face many hours reviewing the delays and trying to resolve them through meetings and root-cause analyses. Many managers believe that Waterfall or sequential methods are better, but they continue to face challenges in the planning and execution. Product delivery teams also suffer from requirements volatility, an unpredictable planning horizon, and execution-level difficulties because of time constraints.

Scrum can help in these kinds of situations for the following reasons:
  • It focuses on the value-based approach.
  • It enables the team to drive the development by pulling the requirements to the development stage.
  • It is based on the Definition-of-Ready and Definition-of-Done concepts.
  • It provides assured long-term success, even though it's a cadence- and value-based approach in its execution

Using Scrum values to steer product delivery

Scrum values, such as courage, focus, openness, respect, and commitment, are necessary for steering the product delivery through transparency and inspect-and-adapt practices. These values help Agile coaches with the following processes and tasks:
  • Assessing the product/project first for the work flow, internal and external flow of requirements, and dependencies.
  • Interviewing the product delivery team, noting their understanding of facilitating change. Determining how much Agile and Scrum and other Agile practices are required. Explaining the various cadence and continuous flow approaches.
  • Developing the preparation plan for training and coaching the team. Planning to train first, provide education, and make sure that the entire team, including the product owner, is completely clear and accepting of the Scrum adoption.
  • Implementing a team onboarding plan (preparation, development, and release stages). Many teams cannot deliver on the first sprint, so creating a realistic and achievable first two sprint goals is important. Especially for teams new to Scrum, start with proper training, education on Scrum, product scope, vision, and a release road map.
  • Getting the team's feedback on Scrum adoption and how they're able to see its benefits as important.
Many coaches prefer that the team has good preparation and onboarding to Scrum adoption, as described in the above steps, so that the team can themselves steer the product delivery in the right direction by checking with the product owner. The ScrumMaster is more focused on the team's right level of maturity in the adoption and on allowing the team to perform at their highest level, with teamwork as the foundation.
Scrum helps the teams to adopt the right level of technical practices at the start of their product development. It also helps to increase the number of practices at the technical and team levels when they are comfortable and helps make sure that the release cadence is met. Because Scrum is minimalistic in approach, the team can start with a simple few steps as preparation instead of heavy, up-front planning, which allows them to change and improve their planning. This type of a simple approach gives the team time to learn in the short term and in the long term.

Opinions represent those of the author and not of Scrum Alliance. The sharing of member-contributed content on this site does not imply endorsement of specific Scrum methods or practices beyond those taught by Scrum Alliance Certified Trainers and Coaches.

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