Intro to Scrum: What It Is and How It Works

Adriana Girdler

The beginner’s guide to Scrum in project management Lots of people jump into Scrum without actually understanding what they need to do to make it …

The beginner’s guide to Scrum in project management

Lots of people jump into Scrum without actually understanding what they need to do to make it work the way it is supposed to.
Then, they wonder why it fails and they think it’s an ineffective technique. But the truth is, you just need to start off with an understanding of what it is and how it works so that you can implement it correctly and effectively on your projects.
If you’re working with Scrum for the first time, or if you’ve heard of Scrum in project management but are not sure exactly what it is, it’s important to get a solid understanding of it before jumping into it.
So, let’s talk about what you need to know as a beginner to Scrum!
What is Scrum?
To put it simply, Scrum is a popular agile framework. By breaking down a project into multiple iterations, Scrum incorporates an incremental way of working, called Sprints.
By nature, the Scrum framework welcomes frequent feedback and encourages more collaborative ways of working.
What is a Sprint?
A Sprint is a single iteration that might last anywhere from 1-4 weeks, during which the team implements the items in the Sprint backlog, which is a prioritized list of deliverables.
There are two types of backlogs – a product backlog, which is the overall prioritized list that your project has to deliver on, and the sprint backlog which is for a specific iteration to show what that particular sprint must deliver on.
A further breakdown

I’d really like to break this down more for you so that you can have a more detailed understanding of how Scrum works, and how Sprints work, so that you can put this technique into practice on your projects.
Head over to YouTube with me and we’ll finish this conversation there!
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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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