I have been managing the Agile and Scrum processes in our organization since quite some time and would like to share some insights into the Scrum framework and how Jira can help you manage Scrum projects. This is the first article in this series and will be followed by more articles in coming days.
What is Scrum?
Scrum is a framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value.
In a nutshell, Scrum works by breaking large and complex products and services into small chunks called increments that can be completed (and potentially released) by a cross-functional team in a short interval of time.
The term Scrum comes from the game of Rugby. In rugby football game, Scrum is a method of restarting play that involves players packing closely together with their heads down and attempting to gain possession of the ball. The SCRUM framework has a lot of similarities with a game of Rugby. In rugby teams, players of different skills work together in short cycles to move a ball forward. When it comes to SCRUM framework, development team with members having different skills work together in short cycles called sprints to create product increments.
Scrum is based on empirical process control theory, or scientific method of empiricism. As per empiricism, knowledge comes from experience and making decisions based on what is known. Scrum encourages teams to learn through experiences, self-organize while working on a problem, and reflect on their wins and losses to continuously improve.
While the Scrum we are discussing here was earlier most frequently used by software development teams, its principles and lessons are now being used and applied to all kinds of teamwork. This is one of the core reasons of popularity of Scrum.
The Scrum framework describes a set of meetings or events, tools, and roles that work together to help teams structure and manage their work and create product increments in regular short cycles. We’ll discuss these in brief in this article.
The four essential scrum events (sometimes called ceremonies or meetings) that occur inside each Sprint are Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, and Sprint Retrospective.
Teams additionally may conduct backlog refinement sessions where product manager makes sure the user stories are properly refined and prioritizes the stories.
Scrum has three roles which can be described in brief as follows:
Product Owner – who is responsible for the vision for the product
Scrum Master – who is responsible for managing the scrum practices and help the team best use Scrum to build the product
Development Team – responsible to build the product
Together, they are called the Scrum Team.
To manage a scrum project efficiently, we need a tool or set of tools which can help in managing the stories and support our scrum team to perform all the Scrum events with ease.
Jira comes with a comprehensive set of agile tools that help you achieve that.
Jira along with numerous marketplace apps provides a well-balanced array of scrum project management tools. From customizable scrum boards, custom filters for backlog grooming, customizable workflows to dozens of visual reports (Burndown chart, Sprint report, Velocity chart, etc.) , Jira can help you to plan, track, and manage all your scrum software development projects.
In the next set of articles, we will explore each of the SCRUM events and SCRUM artifacts in detail and how Jira can help you managing them.
If you have some tips to help managing a Scrum project in Jira, do share them in comment.
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