Scrum is useful not only in software development

You may have heard the term Scrum is an effective way of working on software development, but there is something more you need to know about this practice.

Do you work in a team? Or is the organization between departments not particularly productive? What about internal communication? Do you know what your colleagues are working on, and when will you finally receive this important document that hinders your work? Scrum can be the solution to such problems, which are nowadays common in companies.

At the beginning of the second year of my study in Holland (business communications), we had a guest lecture from Eurail on modesty. In short, Eurail deals with e-commerce, offering universal train tickets across Europe. At Eurail, they actively use modesty as a routine that helps effectively plan, distribute, and cope with daily work tasks.

During the guest lecture, we were introduced to the method, how, and under what conditions real-life examples from Eurail can be applied. We were so pleased with all of us that we decided to borrow the method for the next 6 months while working on creating a digital magazine for a real client. Everything shared in this article is a personal experience!

Briefly, modest is a daily stand-up meeting with the team that develops a project, product, etc. The meeting does not last more than 15 minutes and, as may already be clear, all participants are standing upright, not sitting.

Everyone must be on time, as the session is extremely short. This can be achieved by meeting appointments as a routine every morning before work.

During the session, everyone is in front of a board divided into 3 sections – “Do”, “In Progress”, “Finished”. Using sticky notes and a marker, daily, weekly or monthly tasks (depending on how often a scrum session is present) are applied in the appropriate section with the name of the perpetrator. And if it costs you too much work, there are also modest applications that can be made available to the entire team.

It is of utmost importance that tasks be moved to the appropriate section so that the work process can be monitored.

Scrum helps entire teams.

Scrum helped our entire team with the planning and monitoring of our work. Creating a digital magazine is no easy task, as is working on several side projects. With the help of modest meetings every Monday morning, the stress of the deadline was significantly reduced, and the understanding between the individual members of the group improved. Every Monday morning, as we thought and planned, new and new tasks came to our minds that we would probably never know.

From personal experience, I recommend applying Scrum daily or weekly (depending on the project and team size).

We live and work in a time of constant change and dynamics that we have never seen before, and modestly fits in perfectly with this way of working.

Read more about “Why use Scrum” https://bvop.org/learnagile/whyscrum/ and a lot of ideas will make much more sense and to be familiar with the understanding of why and when to use the Scrum framework and when not to do it.

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