The method has come into the IT as a way to distribute tasks, organize and speed up workflow. This is one of the tools in the frame of the Agile philosophy – a flexible approach to business in general. It facilitates project planning and optimal workflow of an organization. The purpose of each participant becomes obvious to the rest. In addition, employees learn to respect each other’s time and communicate openly.
We learned the experience of Philip Morris, in order to clarify how Scrum was introduced and what has changed after the implementation.
What do we know about Scrum?
This method helps to organize the working process in a small group. You can solve non-standard tasks through this framework tool. It provides planning for a concrete period (sprint), everyday meetings for 15 minutes, a 3-hour evaluation at the final stage and a retrospective of the sprint. Some companies use Slack standup bot in order to automate everyday meetings, arrange retrospectives, run Slack polls, etc. It helps to save valuable time and pay more attention to the main objectives of the project.
When starting a project, the first step is to compile a backlog – a list of things that owners of the product wish to see in a result. The method helps executives and businesses to find common ground and constantly improve the process. Colleagues receive feedback from each other every day and help with difficulties.
The story of success
In Philip Morris, a few people used Scrum before. They started implementing it in November 2017. The early birds who passed the training were the managers, and then the rest of the staff made the same way.
“Before the introduction, we had no problems; we just decided to try a new approach. The head of the team must drive the process. At first, I reminded my colleagues of meetings, now they remember more than I do. People can no longer work differently” – shares Alexandra Pisankina, holding the position of Product Owner.
Starting their own Scrum practice made the company meeting the most vital goals of the technique:
· To raise efficiency;
· To set transparency in the workflows discussion;
· To maintain the team spirit.
What has changed since the introduction?
The team feels – the working process moves faster. When a person sees a flipchart with “to do”, “in progress”, and “done” sections – he wants to quickly move the task to the last one.
Scrum helped to set transparency – goals are hanging on the board and visible to all the group. Employees understand what is happening with the brand and whether we all have time.
On stand-ups, team members pronounce the progress of the tasks, barriers, and ways to eliminate them. Group members share the experience. When the team is in harmony, everyone helps each other.
Which method does your company use to maintain business tasks? Share your experience in comments and do not hesitate to ask questions.