This post is part of the series The Best Tools and Techniques for Winning at Business and Life

I’ll go ahead and assume you know what Scrum is.  If not, look it up – there are tons of people who can provide a far better and more complete explanation than I.  My team is technically too small for Scrum, but we use it in the best way we can, and have really seen amazing results with it.

The parts of scrum that have proven most revolutionary for me:

  • Understanding how to assess the priority of work
  • Being able to accurately estimate the amount of effort and time required to complete the work
  • Scrum provides the team with a level of self awareness that helps us confidently accept new work, and to recommend alternatives when we know the proposed work is unlikely to succeed as proposed.

The Habits

The team agrees on the estimate of all new work

The team closely monitors the types of stories that become problematic (unclear, too large, too small, etc.)

Retro and planning at the end of EVERY SPRINT.  Complete with kudos, things to change, things we learned and things to keep.

Through the use of the template process, create an organized method of delivery that is used every time.  This will help funnel each story into a way to get the work done successfully. For more about this see THIS POST.

Scrum master and product owner roles are rotated between members from sprint to sprint in order to maintain perspective

Sprint time is sprint time.  This one is a big challenge.  Time blocking is a huge essential for this component.  Without proper, somewhat rigid, time blocking, your sprints will fall behind.

 

The Tools

Scrum Crash Course

Official Training

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

Long-distance Kanban with Trello

 

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This post is part of the series The Best Tools and Techniques for Winning at Business and Life

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