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Summary - The Scum Guide

  • 1 Definition of Scrum

  • Definition of Scrum
    A framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value
  • What the 3 key characteristics of scrum?
    Lightweight, Simple to Understand and Difficult to Master
  • What components does the Scrum Framework consist of?
    Scrum teams and their associated roles, events, artifacts, and rules.
  • What is the role of the rules of Scrum?
    The rules of Scrum bind together the roles, events, and artifacts, governing the relationships and interactions between them.
  • What is key about understanding Scrum?
    • That it is a process framework for managing work on complex products. 
    • That it is a framework with which you can employ various process and techniques.
    • That it clarifies the efficacy of the product management and work techniques so that you can continuously improve the product, the team and working environment.
    • That it is not a process, technique or definitive method
  • 2 Uses of Scrum

  • What was the initial goal of Scrum?
    It was initially developed for managing and developing products
  • Name a couple of uses of Scrum, worldwide
    1. Research and identify viable markets, technologies, and product capabilities'
    2. Develop products and enhancements;
    3. Release products and enhancements, as frequently as many time per day;
    4. Develop and sustain Cloud (online, secure, on-demand) and other operational environments for product use; and,
    5. Sustain and renew products.
  • In what way is Scrum's utility in dealing with complexity proven?
    Technology, market and environmental complexities and their interactions are rapidly increased. Thus Scrum is of beneficial use.
  • When does Scrum proof to be especially effective?
    In iterative and incremental knowledge transfer
  • What is the essence of Scrum?
    • A small team of people
    • An individual team that is highly flexible and adaptive
    • Single, several, many or networks of teams that develop, release, operate and sustain the work products of thousands of people
    • Team that collaborate and interoperate through sophisticated development architectures and target release environments 
  • 3 Scrum Theory

  • What does 'Scrum is founded on empiricism' mean?
    Empiricism asserts that knowledge comes from experience and making decisions based on what is known.
  • What approach does Scrum take to control optimize predictability and control risk?
    An iterative and incremental approach
  • What is the advantage of an iterative and incremental approach that Scrum employs?
    It optimizes predictability and controls risk
  • What are the three pillars of the implementation of empirical process control?
    • Transparency
    • Inspection
    • Adaptation
  • What does Transparency mean?
    • That significant aspects of the process must be visible to those responsible for the outcome.
    • That those aspects are defined by a common standard so observers share a common understanding of what is being seen.
  • Provide examples of the Scrum pillar 'Transparency'?
    • A common language referring to the process must be shared by all participants; and,
    • Those performing the work and those inspecting the resulting increment must share a common definition of "Done".
  • What does Inspection mean?
    Scrum users must frequently inspect Scrum artifacts and progress towards a sprint Goal to detect undesirable variances.
  • What is important with Inspection?
    • That inspection should not be so frequent that inspection gets in the way of the work. 
    • Inspections are most beneficial when diligently performed by skilled inspectors at the point of work. 
  • What does Adaptation mean?
    If an inspector determines that one or more aspects of a process deviates outside acceptable limits, and that the resulting product will be unacceptable, the process or the material being processed must be adjusted.
  • What are the four formal events for inspection and adaptation?
    • Sprint Planning
    • Daily Scrum
    • Sprint Review
    • Sprint Retrospective
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What is the single source of work undertaken by the Scrum Team.
The Product Backlog
What is the Product Backlog?
An emergent, ordered list of what is needed to improve the product.
What is the goal of the commitments?
To reinforce empiricism and the Scrum values for the Scrum Team and their stakeholders.
What are the commitments for the Scrum Artifacts
  • For the Product Backlog it is the Product Goal.
  • For the Sprint Backlog it is the Sprint Goal.
  • For the Increment it is the Definition of Done.  
Why does every Scrum Artifact have a commitment?
To ensure it provides information that enhances transparency and focus against which progress can be measured:
What are the Scrum Artifcats?
  • Product Backlog
  • Sprint Backlog
  • Increment  
What are Scrum Artifacts
Scrum’s artifacts represent work or value. They are designed to maximize transparency of key information. Thus, everyone inspecting them has the same basis for adaptation
When is the retro held?
The Sprint Retrospective concludes the Sprint. It is timeboxed to a maximum of 3 hours for a onemonth Sprint. For shorter Sprints, the event is usually shorter.
What items are identified during Retro
  • The Scrum Team identifies the most helpful changes to improve its effectiveness.
  • The most impactful improvements are addressed as soon as possible.
  • They may even be added to the Sprint Backlog for the next Sprint.  
What is discussed during Retro?
The Scrum Team discusses
  • what went well during the Sprint
  • what problems it encountered, 
  • and how those problems were (or were not) solved.