Scrum Artifacts

Product Increment

Product Increment is the final stage of Scrum, what everything was started for and what will show the result of all the work done. At this point, all the disparate parts of the process must come together and create a single whole. This whole, in turn, must be consistent with the goals set at the very beginning. This is the stage at which the developed improvement is expected to be demonstrated to customer customers or used immediately for the purposes for which it was produced.

Here, however, it should be borne in mind that each company builds the Scrum process in its own way, taking into account the needs of the product and the team: perhaps in your particular case, Product Increment is not the final of all the works, but only part of the cycle, significant like all the others.

In many cases, Product Increment does mean not working with the final product, but with its live demo – this is especially true for web-based products or mobile applications.

Working with the live demo is generally used to track in detail the entire list of changes in the product by time, influence and the team that made them. If your Scrum is cyclical, it’s time to test the improvements you’ve made to your target audience and get the feedback you need for the next development cycle. In the end, Product Increase can be called a moment of truth: at this stage, the abstract becomes concrete, the puzzles are assembled into a single picture, and you understand whether mistakes were made. After this step, you open the next one – Sprint Retrospective, which allows you to analyze the practical results and evaluate them.

Obvious issues

It is especially crucial during Product Increment to answer the question “Have all the tasks been completed?” In other words, here you can assess the team’s ability to plan the development and understand whether there was enough time to implement it completely. And if not – whether the product turned out to be stable, or it has tails of logical incompleteness sticking out from everywhere?

So this Analytics is not only for the team - for developers the most important practical result. This is an opportunity to see the gaps in management: if you come from time to time to Product Increment with a large number of unfinished tasks, is everything going so smoothly in the first stages?