Project management has come a long way since post-it notes and whiteboards.
Today’s teams need even more tools at their disposal to meet deadlines. However, adding more tools to one’s belt may lead to more time-wasting.
Enter, the scrum methodology.
Scrum is the framework followed under the Agile approach to project management.
“Agile” looks at projects from a step-by-step perspective, eventually leading to a whole, completed project. Thus, team members take small, incremental steps to reach their goals. However, constant and consistent feedback must take place at every step; otherwise, the project will fall apart.
This approach is so revolutionary that project managers are actually called “product owners,” since they must take serious ownership of their roles to complete projects effectively.
Let’s take an even closer look at the scrum process.
Scrum Methodology Values
Think of Agile as a culture. Cultures have values. They help members stay on the same page.
You just learned that Agile project managers are actually called product owners. Take a look at any product owner job description to get a better idea of the role.
You can’t have this role without displaying an exemplary amount of commitment to the project. Thus, commitment is the first value of a successful scrum framework.
Agile product owners and team members also need the courage to present bold ideas. This value also includes presenting feedback that’s necessary for the project’s success. Thus, it’s essential to not hold back feedback at any stage.
However, you can’t take a courageous approach to feedback without respect. Team members must treat each other as equals and not demean the work each member has put into the project.
Respect also leads to the value of openness. A culture of respect makes it easier for team members to present new ideas without hesitation. This value is essential for product innovation.
Of course, an Agile team can’t reach its ultimate goal without intense focus. This point is another reason why taking incremental steps is so vital to completion. It’s easier to focus and complete smaller tasks with laser-like focus.
Remain in Control
When a project runs off the rails, the whole company suffers. It’s not enough to simply have product owners and members on board. Every team member must take ownership (and control) of their roles, steps, and feedback.
This methodology ascribes three factors to help the entire team keep control:
- Project transparency
- Detailed inspection
- Quick and effective adaption
First, project details and goals must be communicated to all team members. The best way to achieve this goal is through effective visualizations.
Secondly, every step of the project must be inspected for accuracy and quality.
It’s important to remember that mistakes or changes of direction happen. In these events, teams must learn to adapt their roles quickly to changing ideas. Thus, teams must be prepared for change.
Project Management Success
Do you want a more effective approach to project management?
Keep this guide handy as you explore the benefits of Agile project management. Remember, you can’t have Agile success without a proper scrum methodology framework.
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