Does Scrum Work Outside IT And How Do You Implement It?
“Does scrum fit outside IT and helps you manage tasks?” was one common question bounced at me at the Jakarta Scrum Crash Course, on November 11th-12th. My answer is always YES, 100%! We had a diverse bunch, from marketing/sales and operations, though many most of the attendees were IT background. It might not be actually focussing the designed scrum framework, rather put into effect the agile way of working. Let’s see how;
Learn to stop clinging to those “never-ending to-do task”, think in terms of products/projects
Create an easy-to-follow board to track where you are stuck and your achievements
Practice these – planning –> daily meeting –> review –> retrospective
Moving towards a goal makes you assign roles for yourself (product owner/scrum master?
Self-organise and work as a team
Out of the many exercises, which I’m fond of having during my trainings, the groupwork on the second day was to create a scrum implementation plan for the team you are in. The team which wanted to do scrum in sales/operations worked their heads off and came out with two projects, with backlog ideas to be followed constantly. One of the team members was the product owner and the other scrum master. The group exercise was worth implementing, as I came to know from their boss that the beginning of the week itself they start executing.
Watch one of the clips taken during the group activity at the Jakarta scrum training!
What I believe is bringing tangible change to the way we work, multiple sprints. Sprint planning is fun, you can plan your task long term, break into small chunks. Scaling up method could be a significant agile framework to help organisations, even non-IT become more productive and improve the way of working, a bit rigid and plan-based though. In agile, we work as a team, measure team growth and get things done in the specific interval.
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