Scrum is one of the most popular Agile methodologies. It is an adaptive, iterative, fast, flexible, and effective methodology designed to deliver significant value quickly and throughout a project, irrespective of its complexity.

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There are very good books about Scrum Agile and many courses to learn about Scrum Agile project management and the Scrum methodological framework in general. Few approach the discipline of Scrum Agile from the perspective of success...we do, the Scrum Agile trainers of InterQuality are starting with success in mind. Success resulting from applying the Scrum Agile principles during your project.

During the Scrum Agile training from InterQuality, you will learn about the levers of scrum agile project management that make it possible to multiply the chances of success. This will be an asset for you in your discovery, learning or practice of the Scrum Agile discipline. After a brief introduction to the Scrum Agile approach based on a metaphor, then a proposal to define a successful project, you will discover the 8 levers of Scrum Agile project management to multiply the chances of success.

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What is a Scrum Agile approach

Let's start by dismissing what a Scrum Agile approach is NOT. Scrum Agile is unfortunately not a magic to succeed in a project for sure. On the other hand, this does not prevent it from offering levers to multiply the chances of success of the latter. Especially if this project is complex. This is often the case, since the simple act of having human beings work together can be complex.

So what is a Scrum Agile approach? In fact, Scrum Agile is an approach using one or more methods that share common values and principles formalized in 2001 in the "agile manifesto". This manifesto tells us in particular: "We are discovering how to better develop software through practice and by helping others to do so. These experiences have led us to value: individuals and their interactions more than processes and tools; operational software more than exhaustive documentation; working with clients more than negotiating contracts and adapting to change more than following a plan. We recognize the value of the latter, but favor the former“. With this in mind we will now talk about the values and principles of Scrum Agile.

Values and principles of a Scrum Agile Project

Above all, Scrum Agile is A STATE OF MIND. This manifesto illustrates what can be called the agile state of mind. Because more than a simple Scrum Agile methodology, it is above all a state of mind carrying values and fundamental principles. As you can see from the manifesto, the origin of Scrum Agile methods comes from the software development sector even if it is now successfully used in many other sectors.

These Scrum Agile methods were born from an observation on the reality on the ground. This includes saying that software development projects have become so complex that uncertainty is now inevitable on such projects. And worse than that, for a new software the need cannot be completely known until users have used it. Based on this observation, a handful of experts in the field realized that it was time to attack the management of a project from a different angle than that of the traditional approach. Starting from a blank page. This is how several alternative methods to the traditional approach began to emerge. Extremely pragmatic methods, since they are created and proven by actors in the field. With this experience the Scrum Agile methodology was developed.

Among these different methods, Scrum Agile is by far THE most used. I say "THE" because it is a methodological framework and not a method per se. In fact, one could almost summarize Scrum Agile to the phrase "divide to better control". In the sense that we divide the things to be produced into subsets of value-bearing elements. In a Scrum Agile project, time is divided into short intervals called iterations (or sprints to use scrum agile vocabulary) in which we design, realize and test new elements that increase the value of the product. And on a large project, we divide the Scrum Agile troops into teams of less than 10 people for optimal coordination and efficiency.

Scrum Agile methods assume that specifying in detail the entirety of a product before making it, and seeking to establish a detailed plan of the Scrum Agile project before embarking, is counterproductive. This is comparable as planning in detail a Paris-Brussel trip by car by small roads. Specifying each city and village crossed, the associated time of passage, each street used in the agglomerations, liters of gasoline consumed, kilometers traveled, etc. Unforeseen events are sure to happen: traffic jams, detours, works, reverse traffic directions, or even breakdowns.

Making your planning and specifications obsolete very quickly. How much time will you have spent planning this route and how will you react to the frustration of not being able to apply your plan to the letter? The idea of Scrum Agile is to set a first short-term goal (a big city for example) and get on the road without delay. Once this first objective is achieved, you take a short break and adapt your itinerary according to the situation of the moment. It is possible, in passing, to make a projection of the arrival time based on the measurements made on the sections already crossed.

A projection that will never be accurate but will already be more reliable than the predictions of the traditional approach. Because this projection will be based on experience. We are therefore talking about an empirical approach. Let us now turn to the levers of success offered by the Scrum Agile.

Levers of success offered by the Scrum Agile approach

A successful Scrum Agile project is a project that puts a smile on everyone's face. To users, sponsors, and even shareholders. As well as to the Scrum Agile project team who are smiling because they are fulfilled and proud of their work.

 

Scrum Agile Project Levers

The advantage with this definition is that success is easy to measure. Just look at people's heads, simply. In other words, you succeed in a Scrum Agile project when you have made the right product, the one that users really expect, at the right time and at the best cost. And now that we share the same definition of success, we can move on to the 8 levers of Scrum Agile project management that make it possible to multiply the chances of success.

The levers of Scrum Agile projects are the following:

  1. Reduce the Tunnel Effect
  2. Be open to change
  3. Optimise your communication
  4. Minimalism is key
  5. Continuous Improvement
  6. Identify the errors & opportunities as soon as possible
  7. Flexible and Emerging Architecture
  8. Motivate

During the Scrum Agile training all these topics will be discussed in detail. If you are interested in Scrum Agile Trainings, contact us on info@interqualitybg.com

Learn Scrum Agile
What is a Scrum Agile approach
Values and principles of a Scrum Agile Project
Levers of success offered by the Scrum Agile approach