What is Scrum Project Management, and what are best practices, tools and online templates for teams and organizations?
Definition of Scrum Project Management
Scrum Project Management is a type of agile project management that involves leading a team from one sprint to the next using time-bound deliverables and action plans. Similar to agile project management, Scrum Project Management is an iterative process that enables organizations to develop and iterative on the software development process more frequently. More recently, Scrum approaches have been applied more broadly to overall project management methodologies. Each stage of Scrum Project Management is called a sprint, which typically lasts between a few days to a week or up to a month. During a sprint, the project team produces a specific deliverable, assesses the learning and results achieved, and then defines exactly what’s needed for the next sprint.
Description of Definition of Scrum Project Management
Scrum Project Management requires what is called a “Scrum Team,” which is comprised of three individuals or groups of individuals: The Product Owner, the Development Team, and the Scrum Master
- The Product Owner is typically the individual who is the expert in the features of the product and everything that the product is able to do. In addition to knowing what this information is, the product owner is responsible for purchasing the materials that are necessary to bring the features of the product to fruition and clearly delineate the properties and the uses of the product to the team at the appropriate level. Additionally, as the expert, this individual is responsible for representing the voice of the customers and the project stakeholders. Finally, the project manager needs to ensure that each member of the team is working optimally to help ensure that the project goals are met.
- The Development Team is a larger group of individuals who work in software (e.g., programmers, software engineers) who create and present the product to the stakeholders at each stage. This group should be comprised of the individuals with the proper skills so that they are capable of turning the materials that the product owner orders into the product with all of the features and functionalities that it was designed to have. In order to ensure maximum team cohesion, the individuals on the team should not be given specific titles, and do not form sub-teams, regardless of the tasks that they perform.
- The Scrum Master is responsible for facilitating the actual management of the project process. Specifically, the scrum master supervises the development to ensure that their project goals are being met in the proper time, as well as minimizes distractions and impediments that can hinder timely completion of the project. Additionally, the scrum master is responsible for making sure that the development team fully understands the nuances of the software product that is being developed in order to ensure that the product has the correct features and functions properly.
Scrum Project Management involves strict adherence to a timeline in order to minimize wasted time during software product development. Before each sprint, there is a sprint planning phase during which the goals for the upcoming sprint are established, and the steps for accomplishing that goal are delineated. At the end of each day, the development team engages in a daily scrum, or a brief (10-15 minute) meeting where they discuss the progress toward sprint goal attainment that was completed. At the end of each sprint, the scrum team presents their newly developed product to the stakeholders during the sprint review.
Tools & Templates
In order to successfully implement Scrum Project Management, a product and sprint backlog should be developed to support the project management system. A Product backlog is a list of all the necessary product requirements, which are written in order of priority. A Sprint backlog is a record of the daily tasks the development team needs to complete. Scrum Project Management also requires a product increment, or a catalog of the improved functionality of the product, that is given to the stakeholders at the end of each sprint. Various online and cloud-based software tools are used for managing the scrum and sprint process including Atlassian’s JIRA, Slack and others.
upBOARD's Online Scrum Project Management Tools & Templates
Unlike most traditional Scrum Project Management techniques, upBOARD’s online Scrum Project Management tools allow any team or organization to instantly begin working with our web templates and input forms. Our digital platform goes far beyond other software tools by including progress dashboards, data integration from existing documents or other SaaS software, elegant intuitive designs, and full access on any desktop or mobile device.
Learn more about upBOARD’s portfolio of other project management best practice tools and templates including:
Action Item List, Agile Project Management, Benefits Realization Methodology, Critical Chain Project Management, Critical Path Chart, Critical Path Method, Event Chain Methodology, Extreme Project Management, Gantt Chart, Integrated Project Management, Issue Tracker, IT Roadmap, Lean Project Management, Lean Six Sigma, PMBOK Project Management, PRINCE2 Project Management, PRiSM Project Management, Process-Based Project Management, Program Management, Project Budgeting, Project Charter, Project Portfolio Management, Project Portfolio Timeline, Project Risk Management, Project Schedule, Project Scorecard, Project Timeline, Project Tracker, Requirements Breakdown Structure, SCRUM Project Management, Skills Requirement Checklist, Task List, Time Card, To Do List, Waterfall Project Management, and Work Breakdown Structure.