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What is Agile & Scrum, and How Can It Help with Project Management?

If you are a project manager, you've likely heard the terms Agile and Scrum tossed around in the industry. You may be wondering what these terms mean and how they apply to your work. So in this episode, I'm going to share with you what a project manager or OBM should know about Agile

and Scrum. Agile and Scrum are two methodologies that are commonly used in software development, but they can be applied to any type of project.

Agile is a philosophy that emphasizes collaboration, flexibility, and continuous improvement. Scrum is a framework that is used to implement agile principles in a structured way. So here are some key things you should know.

Number one is agile is iterative and incremental. Agile projects are completed in iterations or sprints.

Each iteration is a short period of time, usually one to four weeks, during which a small amount of work is completed. I like to use two-week scrum periods in my line work. At the end of each iteration, the team reviews their progress and makes adjustments as necessary. This allows for flexibility and adaptability throughout the project.

Number two, scrum has defined roles and ceremonies.

So in Scrum, there are three defined roles. The product owner, the scrum master, and the development team. The product owner is responsible for the vision and direction of the project. The Scrum master is responsible for facilitating the Scrum process and removing any impediments. And the development team is responsible for delivering the work. Additionally, there are several ceremonies like sprint planning, daily standup sprint review, and sprint retrospective that are used to ensure that the team is on track and making progress.

Number three is communication, and collaboration is key.

Agile and Scrum both emphasize the importance of communication and collaboration. The team works together closely to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that progress is being made. The product owner and team work together to define and refine the requirements. The team members collaborate to complete the work and to identify and resolve any issues.

Number four, continuous improvement is essential.

Agile and Scrum are focused on continuous improvement, as am I in every aspect of my personal and professional life, but at the end of each iteration, the team reviews their progress and identifies opportunities for improvement. This allows the team to make adjustments as necessary and to continually improve their processes and practices.

As a project manager or OBM, I believe it's important to understand the principles and practices of Agile and Scrum, even if you're not in the software development industry. By embracing these methodologies, you can help your team to be more flexible, collaborative, and focused on delivering value to the customer.

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