In the past few years Scrum has become the leading Agile development framework but it's not just for software developers any more.  The core philosophy behind Scrum allows a project manager from any industry to boost the effectiveness of their team.

In this post we will examine some elements that make Scrum attractive for projects of any type.

1.) Ownership

When a team member is working on a specific task, you want to make sure they feel as if they "own" that particular part of the project.  Scrum encourages this mind set because the assignment of tasks is often more organic than you find with a traditional project management approach.  During a Sprint Planning session, the entire team gets together to brain storm.  Once the to-do list has been created, individuals will immediately visualize themselves working on specific elements and ask to be responsible for them.  The psychology here is powerful and it matters!  The feeling of ownership immediately takes root because they asked for the assignment instead of being told what to do.  

2.) Transparency

Thanks to the Daily Stand-up meetings, there are fewer surprises with Scrum.  Problems can be recognized immediately and solutions or work arounds can be implemented quickly as a result.  There's also a high level of transparency tied to the Sprint Planning session at the beginning of a Sprint.  By design, that planning session is highly collaborative and allows everyone involved to see who is working on what.  When this philosophy is paired with the proper Scrum tool, the benefit of transparency is even more pronounced.       

3.) Flexibility

The fact is that you know less about what it takes to finish a project on day 1 than you do on any other day in the future of that project.  Scrum assumes this from the outset and thus encourages the entire team to stay flexible.  When problems arise, and they will, the team needs to be able to adapt quickly.  If the Product Owner comes back to the team with an urgent item "from upstairs", Scrum allows you to handle any changes in direction.  Once the crises has been averted, it's incredibly easy to jump right back into previous tasks.  

4.) Efficiency

The premise of Scrum is a dedication to empirical solutions and eliminating guess work.  In practice, Scrum enhances the over all efficiency of a team because it teaches every person in the process to focus on moving projects from the back log to the "done" column.  If implemented correctly, Scrum breaks projects down to their core and keeps everyone pointed in the same direction.  The end result is a more efficient way to handle projects!

Increased feelings of ownership, better transparency, and staying flexible, are key to completing tasks quickly and efficiently.  Whether you are developing software, formulating a new marketing plan, or just wanting to come up with a better way to organize your stock room - Scrum can be an incredibly effective method for you.

If you would like to learn more about what Scrum can look like at your organization, let us know!

Shiraz Hemani
CEO - Spire Business Services




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