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What is Scrum? How does it become so popular?

by Ksajikyan
What is Scrum? How does it become so popular?

You always hear this term between your colleagues, but you still don’t know the meaning? Let’s define it together!

Scrum is one of the most popular frameworks (it’s not a methodology) of Agile project management, which is used for managing complex products. The key point which we should remember while learning Scrum, is that it delivers the product incrementally. What it means? What we know about stakeholders purpose, is that they wish to have a product which can assure them to be the first, and in trends of the market, to be competitive and have enough flexibility for improvements based on the customer feedback
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They call it “a framework of a Team”, as it brings the mutual motivation and goal between team members. Scrum encourages teams to learn through experiences, on their faults and success stories, maturity while working on a problem, and reflect on their wins and losses to continuously improve
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When talking about Scrum, everyone imagine software development teams, because of the frequently use in IT industry, but, overall, its principals and rules can be experienced in different team works in different fields. One of key factors why it is now so popular is due to its simplicity and great performance .

As history claims, the term ‘Scrum’ was first used by Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka in1986. The name was borrowed from the game of rugby, and after it in the early 1990s Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland developed the Scrum framework.

Scrum combines lots of constant and planned events, mechanisms, so the work and progress following are getting more and more easy.
It is based on the epricism: working in a data-based, experience-based, and evidence-based manner
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The roles in Scrum are quite different from the traditional software methods.
Attention! The roles are not positions, which means one member can have different roles in different projects and teams.In Scrum, there are three roles: Product Owner(Who is responsible for Product Backlog and Task defining process), Development Team(who is responsible for delivering the product increment, following the constant rules), and Scrum Master(who is the coach of the Team, and who track the workflow).

We have also defined ceremonies inside the team, which help us to follow the whole process of the project: Sprint Backlog Refinement, Sprint Planning Meeting, Daily Stand-up Meeting, Sprint Review Meeting, Sprint Retrospective Meeting.Imagine a process! Refinement gives us more simplicity in definition of upcoming tasks and covering all questions included in that sprint. On each Planning meeting, the Scrum team defines the current sprint goal and tasks to be completed. The  workflow is followed properly on daily bases, which assures our Daily Stand-up meeting. Moreover, the sprint completion, work result and Team obstacles & improvements are checked and defined on Sprint Review and Retrospective meetings.

So after each sprint we have a product increment, which helps the owner release the product whenever he wants.
Check these Scrum key values, which stand for the best result, whether the project is managed by Scrum or other frameworks:
  • Commitment
  • Courage
  • Focus
  • Openness
  • Respect
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