A Step-by-Step Overview of a Scrum Transformation

At this very moment, there are countless companies battling upstream in an attempt to overcome the many problematic obstacles of non-agile development.

Scrum provides an operational management redefinition that has an impact on the very core of a business, at the company strategy level. For the companies that realize this, missed deadlines and decimated budgets will no longer be commonplace. The changeover, although it will be a significant undertaking, will provide an ample, long-lasting return on the investment. Here’s what to expect from an overview perspective:

  • The first step will be to ensure that the necessary infrastructure an agile development process requires is in place. This can translate to new hires or a few rounds of employee development.
  • Next, once roles are identified, a common definition of “done” is created in order to synchronize completion. Every team member must realize when they’ve arrived at the finish line.
  • Following this, a sprint length is set. This is a vital step because the team needs to know the duration of their iterations. Typically, following this plan, a one-week length is chosen based on a number of considerations.

The rest of the steps are a mix of logistical requirements and housekeeping needs, such as implementing a penalty for being late to meetings. For more steps to setup Scrum in your company, watch the video from OpenView Labs featuring Scott Downey.

Corey O'Loughlin
Corey O'Loughlin
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Corey was a marketing analyst at OpenView from 2010 until 2011. Currently Corey is the Owner of Prep Obsessed and was previously the Marketing Manager at MarketingProfs.
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