Scrum Values

Focus

One of the most essential value additions through scrum practice is the focus. Oxford dictionary defines focus as “the center of activity or interest.” This is exactly what team members in a scrum team learn while they are working on delivering a product.

Iterated Product Delivery

The scrum agile method emphasizes delivering a potentially shippable product in time-boxed iterations. This means that at the end of each sprint, the delivery has to happen whatsoever.

The daily standup meetings are conducted every day with the focus of discussing the hindrances faced and about what percentage of the user story is completed as well as what is planned to be completed for the next day. Hence, it becomes inevitable for every person in a team to make sure they have one or the other input to give during the meeting to not be questionable.

Time Factor

Time is a significant factor in the scrum ideology, and it keeps decreasing exponentially. The number of meetings and calls gives the team very less time actually to work on the deliverable as a whole.

In a week’s time, the team has to create and assign user stories and code to develop the product, as well as carry out the white box and black box tests. This leads to more focus that is established by the teammates owing to the pressure of delivering quality products on time.

Benefits

One of the basic mantras to be followed during the scrum method of product delivery is YAGNI which means You ain’t gonna need it! This helps in retaining the focus on building and testing the product without bothering about future or past requirements or hindrances.

Even if there is some change that is expected during the next sprint, the current sprint won’t be affected. This lets the team focus only on the current deliverables.

Streamlined Workflow

The product backlog refinement meeting happens right after the user stories are picked. This helps the team to have the requirements and specifications of the Product Owner before starting to work on the deliverable. The focus is hence untampered during the sprint. If there are any requirements to be added or modified, the Product owner discusses it with the scrum master and the project owner to see if the new conditions are in alignment with the project or not. The scrum team will not be a part of this meeting unless the product owner and the project manager decide that the current sprint should be utilizing the discussed requirements. This lets the team focus only on the current sprint and not getting confused or disturbed.

The scrum method adds many values to the team incorporating its principles out of which focus is the most commendable. Focus helps in simplifying complex problems and lets the teamwork, keeping the requirements of the current sprint in mind.