Generally, in the Scrum method of project management, decisions are taken based on observation and experimentation. There are three main ideas behind the application of Empirical Process: Transparency, inspection and adaptation.
- Transparency: It includes all the facets of Scrum process to be observed by everyone whosoever is interested to do so. This promotes an easy and transparent flow of information in the entire organization. This leads to open work culture. Transparency is measured through:
- Artifacts: Vision statement of the project, prioritized product backlog and planning schedule.
- Meetings: Regular standup meetings and Sprint review meetings.
- Information Radiators: Burndown charts and scrum boards.
After the transparency is measured, it is then inspected in the Scrum project using:
- B) Inspection: It is revealed in Scrum through:
- Use of a unique scrum board and other related scrum information radiators.
- Collection of feedback from the customer and other stakeholders during the develop Epic and carry out release planning processes.
- Inspection and approval of project deliverables by the Scrum Master and product owners and the customer in demonstrate and validate sprint scrum process.
- C) Adaptation: This happens as the Scrum core team and the stakeholders master the art through transparency. Inspect it and then adapt by making any required changes as well as improvements in the work they are doing.
The changes must match the project requirements and once these are done. One can see adaptation changes in the following ways:
- Stand up meetings
- Identifying constant risks
- Changing the requests
- Scrum Guidance
- Check the sprint meeting
- Check the project meeting
In this way, the entire Empirical Process is controlled in the Scrum project. These three factors determine the success of the entire process in the Scrum project. This is the unique feature of Scrum that makes it different from other scrum projects.
It is nothing but a creation of small sample of the product to check the end results. Empirical Process is an important part because in Scrum, product development is significant and with too many variations in the product groups, there’s a set of defined formulas for the entire process.
In order to support the entire process, it emphasizes on principles such as transparency and self managing teams. Appropriate process is required to generate transparency, inspection and adaptation cycle which is at the heart of Empirical Process.
The main aim of Scrum is to maintain transparency and emphasize on inspect adapt cycle so that groups can continuously enhance their own ways of working. These Scrum practices and Project structure make it easy to start. However, for some reasons, these are incomplete so that groups have space for learning for every situation and adaptation required in complex domains such as product development.
In a nutshell:
Do you feel Empirical Process is maintained properly in your organization in Scrum? If yes, it’s great. If no, find out what’s missing among the three factors. Make sure to cross check everything and then fix the issues to let the scrum process run smoothly.
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