Have you ever spent precious time planning and structuring a project, only to learn that the requirements for the end product change along the way, so you have to start all over?
And are you familiar with spending a lot of time wrapping up a project, just to find out that the need for your solution no longer exists and that your project has been a waste of time?
In that case, SCRUM might be an option for you.
SCRUM is based on changeability and how we often have to prioritise what to deliver, when working with projects, how to satisfy customers and how to respond to change.
The word SCRUM comes from rugby, where players meet in a ’scrummage’ (a group of players with their arms across each other’s’ shoulders and heads together) to discuss and plan the next step.
The principle of SCRUM is that you define requirements for the end product, called the ’product backlog’. This list of requirements can easily change during the project, as you learn more about it and/or the situation changes.
You then only plan 2-4 weeks ahead – in so called ’sprints’. The advantage of this is that you can better manage a limited time frame and your time is spent working on the most important issues, and you are able to present specific solutions ongoing.
This is done by constantly prioritising the demands in the ’product backlog’, so that the most important tasks are those always being worked on.
You control the tasks in every ’sprint’ by meeting every morning to coordinate and delegate, in order to stay on top of what has been delivered and what is still missing.
Afterwards, you evaluate on deliveries and processes to ensure the best end product.
Today, SCRUM is used primarily in software development, where you constantly work on the most important tasks and continually release what you have produced. We know it, for example, from apps that are frequently updated. But in other areas, such as the hospitality sector or grocery sector, the agenda changes constantly and thereby also the end goal and the purpose of your project.
SCRUM can therefore be a solution to projects where you know from the start the you are not able to define the end product, but might instead deliver ongoing results.
Learn more about project management
Cphbusiness offers degree programmes and courses in Danish that can strengthen your project work and project management. You can read more about the course ‘Projektstyring i praksis”, which is offered among Cphbusiness’ Danish part-time AP degree programmes, and learn more about how to get more value in your projects.
Read more here.
This article is created by Lecturer Helene Spliid, Cphbusiness.