As a leading digital entrepreneur with a degree from Punjab University and currently leading my company, Quantified Commerce, I know a thing or two about scrum. I have a deep understanding of economics and marketing systems, and many have said I’m in the forefront of my profession, which has led my team and I to share our thoughts on scrum and other business practices with multiple media outlets, and today, my readers. In this post I will discuss the advantages of the scrum management style and how I implements the scrum philosophy into my daily routine.
What is Scrum?
Scrum is a management style that was created primarily for software development but is now widely used in any setting where efficiency and decision-making are top priorities. Because it works with teams and is fully transparent, scrum is ideal for companies like mine that need constant creative input from team members.
How My Business Has Used Scrum
We hold daily scrum meetings to make certain that everyone is on goal, and so that all of us know what the other teams are working on. That way, there’s no duplication of effort, the decision-making system is fully transparent, and it’s easy to adjust and adapt when things get in the way of smooth progress.
Because scrum came from a software environment, I have had to make a few adjustments in the way we use it. At Quantified Commerce, I often have dozens of client projects going on at the same time, many of which call for one-on-one consultation. So, there’s much more interpersonal activity in my company than in the typical software design firm.
In any case, I really enjoy the way the “scrum philosophy” allows me and my teams to optimize the client experience. We’re always on top of projects, fully updating clients as each stage of a plan is implemented, and constantly reworking approaches to maximize the final outcome. Scrum is, above all, adaptable.
Why Scrum is Such a Good Method
There are dozens of advantages to the scrum management style. For one thing, decisions are made faster because the priority if “What works?” not “Can we get approval for this idea?” So, scrum’s main plus is efficiency.
Second, scrum is practical because it is constantly testing new ideas and discarding the ones that don’t work. In a multi-level management environment, it might take two or three days just to get approval to move forward or dispose of an idea.
Finally, scrum is great for companies that value innovation and creativity. Where creative minds are the moving force in an organization, scrum serves everyone quite well because the system uses daily input from everyone involved.
How You Can Implement Scrum in Your Workplace
Scrum works best in non-traditional, non-hierarchical settings. The fewer layers of “middle-management,” the better. Flatly-structured companies lend themselves to the scrum approach well.
Form teams of workers who share a single project but who might have multiple disciplines within the team. Set goals for projects and (this is the essential part) hold daily scrum meetings, preferably early in the work day.
At the meetings, ask three questions: What did everyone do yesterday? (related to the project), What do you plan to do today?, and Are there any impediments in your path?
It’s easy to implement scrum, but the best part is that productivity almost always increases when companies switch to scrum management styles.