How to Scrum-Bag a million dollar project
By Philomathes in Knowledge Base
If you are in Software Development then you would have surely heard the terms “AGILE” and “SCRUM”. If you aren’t familiar with these terms then simply treat them on face value to decode their definition scope.
AGILE literally means nimble, light-footed, flexible etc. SCRUM literally means the formation of people.
Simply putting them together, SCRUM methodology is nothing more than a formation to keep you agile.
One of the biggest takeaways of life is to break up a problem into small pieces and then go about solving them. Scrum methodology does the same thing, breaking up product development into small goals (a.k.a. SPRINTS) and then running cycles to achieve those goals.
Every goal is a small functional module, which means you can run those lines of code.
So it’s all about Goal, Code, Iterate, Review ….an iterative cycle till you meet your SPRINT goals.
Now how do you achieve the above?
Meetings are of paramount importance to put the ball in motion and then ensure you put it in the right hole
SCRUM itself defines different types of meetings required to make your system AGILE in true sense. Today I will touch upon one such very important meeting, it’s called “Daily Scrum”.
- Duration: Typically 25-40 mins.
- Each team member answers the following questions in our Daily Scrum Meeting:
- What did you do since the last Scrum Meeting (which would be yesterday)?
- What are the speed breakers (if any)?
- Task list for the day (until next Scrum meeting).
- What do you need:
- Meeting Room
- Presence of all Stakeholders (developer, leads, BA etc.)
- White Board, Marker & Duster
- Camera Phone
- Project Dashboard: We use Trello to track all projects.
- An anchor/reviewer to orchestrate the meeting in the right spirit.
- What do we achieve:
- Clear and crisp communication
- Increased team cohesiveness since everyone is aware of each other’s task.
- Transparency, no last-minute shocks
- Increased accountability
- Clear sense of where we are
- Get processed and organized
- Close big projects
Start Scrumming your team, if you’re not doing it already, to close big-ticket projects and what better way to initiate than the easiest of them all. I’ll follow this blog with other types of Agile / Scrum Meeting practices we follow at VAYUZ.
If you too are a Scrum-Bag or are interested in knowing more about it, do let us know in the comments below.