Scrum is a method of managing projects, based on dividing all the work into iterations. The general work load splits into sprints - a couple-week lengths of time, during which a whole product (any object of work) has to be completed. No matter how many iterations there will be, the substance of your work needs to be workable at the end of each sprint. For the whole sprint you should set a Work In Progress limit (establish exactly how many tasks there can be per user).
Furthermore, sprints are divided into tasks. The smaller they get, the easier it will be to manage and complete them.
How does Scrum work?
It is widely popular to use stories in Scrum as representations of the general idea that you want to achieve. For instance in product development, you'd write stories about what the user wants to experience with your product, or about what you'd like to achieve in through the development process. An example of a scrum story might be: "as a user, I want to be able to use the product ABC offline as well as online".
It's also a Scrum characteristic to divide your team into small groups, combined of team members from different departments. By doing this you are to achieve more all-rounded results, as input from across all sections of the organization will allow a broader approach to any issue.
After the sprint has been completed, there is normally a review of the progress, which should result with improvement ideas for the overall process. This way all impediments the team comes across during work can be molded into workflow improvements and recurring problems' fixes. Following this line of though, your process can get very well streamlined.
Scrum and Kanban are similar project management methodologies.
Though they differ in some respects, Kanban Tool suits both working methods very well. Just make columns for your Stories, a Backlog, This Sprint, To Do's, Doing and Done, then apply a WIP limit to This Sprint column and apply a "no new tasks created here" column policy for the columns to the right of This Sprint. This way your WIP limit is met, your sprint completed without overstretching and
What is to be gained from this?
By use of a Scrum board in Kanban Tool you can largely improve your productivity and streamline your process greatly. Also, thanks to Kanban Tool's insightful Analytics, you can monitor your team's performance and gather data allowing you to continuously improve your work process.
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