10 Top Tips For Successful Scrum

Here are my top 10 tips to help you to use Scrum successfully:

  1. Complexity – Helping people to understand the true nature of complex work can be a challenge. Complex work cannot be accurately planned or predicted. Scrum accepts that reality and helps you manage the implications of this. Not everyone will understand or accept this.
  2. Scrum Values – Successful use of Scrum depends on people becoming more proficient in living five values: Commitment, Focus, Openness, Respect, and Courage. Creating an environment where these can thrive is vital.
  3. Trust & Empowerment – The Scrum Team must be trusted and empowered by the organisation for the empirical approach to be successful.
  4. Transparency – Scrum is a problem finding framework. It will not solve all your problems, but it will make them transparent.
  5. Inspection & Adaptation – The rules of Scrum must be understood and embraced by all if they are to have the intended effects. Action & change is essential.
  6. Scrum Is Your Safety Bumpers – Follow the rules as defined, tried and tested by millions of people over 3 decades. Trust the path others have trodden and avoid the problems that have already been solved.
  7. Scrum Is Deliberately Incomplete – There are rarely simple solutions to complex problems. Use Scrum to find the practices, tools and approaches that will help in your environment.
  8. Patience And Persevere – Scrum will not fix things immediately. Changing the working environment of a group of people takes care, patience and perseverance. Things will likely get harder before they get better. Resist the urge to maintain the status quo. Scrum & agile is all about change, even though this may create conflict.
  9. A Done Increment Is Vital – Producing a Done Increment each Sprint is what really helps you understand your progress and increase agility.
  10. Learn More – This series is intended as a short introduction to spark your interest. You, your Scrum Team and your organisation will need to learn more to be effective with Scrum. In the final part of our series I will share the best ways to learn more about Scrum.

Continue reading the series to learn more. Total reading time is less than 15 minutes.

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