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PlanStreet’s Scrum Board displays the progress of the scrum team during a sprint. It displays the current sprint backlog showing tasks according to their status. Keep your collaboration in one place and efficiently manage product backlog with all stakeholders and product managers using Agile project management with Scrum.
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The scrum board is the visual representation that aids the formation of the scrum team. This scrum board/sprint board highlights, lists, and categorizes the tasks that are to be done by members of the team. It mentions their respective sprints, stories, to-do columns, work in progress, and finished tasks. Teams may modify this scrum board according to their requirements and add columns named expedite, specified, not started, and verify to simplify things better. This sort of room for modification gives a scrum board flexibility and adaptability.
When team members are assigned their respective Sprints, they are placed to the left side of the Scrum Board, right next to the stories. These sprints gradually move towards the right-hand columns, that is, towards the 'In Progress' and 'Done' sections.
As mentioned above, at the end of every sprint by the members, the scrum master conducts a Sprint Retrospective. The scrum master carefully looks into the overall progress of these respective sprints. Once all sprints are complete, the Scrum teams will assess their efficiency as well.
They make burn-down charts, which help them see how many sprints they logged into their 'Completed' section. Here, the comparison depends on the number of hours they all put in, both individually and as a group, into completing the task. It helps assess the competitiveness of members and creates data to estimate how to handle future projects. Members receive pointers on how to improve their performances so that the team as a whole may become more efficient.
Using a scrum board makes the progress of each member transparent to the rest of the members of the group, which increases accountability. It shows members how their teammates have been going on with their sprints, which generates healthy competition. This way, team leaders can make sure that members do not get overlooked. A scrum board helps in commanding the overall efficiency of a team, even though it does not do much for the member's performance.
The alternate to scrum boards: Kanban
Kanban Board is also an Agile project management tool designed to visualize work, maximize efficiency, limit work-in-progress. The Kanban boards use columns, cards, and continuous improvement to help tech and the service teams to commit to the right amount of work and complete it within the given timeframe.
Product owners, project managers, and team members commit to the work items for each sprint and their complexity. Stakeholders define and commit to the goals of each sprint on the scrum planning board. Product owners create User Stories in the backlog and are dragged into the active sprints by scrum masters. Every user story is written as a task in the Sprint Backlog and prioritized jointly by the team and Scrum masters. Create checklists or attachments as part of the User Stories.
Scrum masters and their team members decide on the complexity of the user story, and then each user story gets assigned with story points according to the complexity of the checklists. Another way to schedule user stories is to make use of resource scheduler control found within the user story. Once the Sprint is closed, unfinished User Stories are moved to the backlog or dragged to the next Sprint.
Ideally scrum meetings and updating the Scrum Board should be held simultaneously. The Scrum board helps team members update their team on the progress. It helps in visualizing the current status of the team in the Sprint and sheds light on the remaining tasks.
In PlanStreet, one of the benefits of using the Scrum Board is that it allows Scrum Masters to create better collaboration within the team. Scrum Board acts as a reference for both the scrum team and its stakeholders of Agile product management. It serves as a daily reminder of Sprint goals that the work team has committed using Scrum board.
Kanban Vs. Scrum Board
To work efficiently in this everchanging,
faced paced environment, one should follow the Agile methodology.
Kanban is a Japanese manufacturing system that means 'a visual signal' that enables the workers to visualize what they need to do on a particular day. A board is placed in the office, which shows the task that the team needs to complete, the task in hand, and the completed task. This Kanban board can have segments like code review, work in testing, etc.. The work item placed on the board is known as Kanban cards and displays the responsibility, status of the work and other critical work-related statistics. These cards help the teams to trace and capture blockers, reduce dependency, and look forward to upcoming challenges. Here, the team works to move the work in hand list to the work done list. And only after the work in progress is complete, the team members move to the to-do list. The Kanban process does not follow any fixed iteration length. Everything depends on the cycle time, which is the time taken to move a to-do list item to a done state.
Scrum is also one of the types of Agile methods that is quite contrary to that of Kanban. Where Kanban has no fixed iteration, scrum follows a defined set of iteration known as the sprint with defined durations. Each sprint is set for a fixed limit, which may last up to a month. Sprint begins with a sprint planning meeting, where the task they need to do is decided along with a timeframe or the sprint is set. Everything is then communicated to the team members. The everyday task is set in a daily scrum meeting (not exceeding 15 minutes). The blockers and dependencies are also discussed. After a sprint is achieved, a new 'sprint' is set in progress. Scrum works by giving defined roles that are of the product owner, the scrum master, and the development team. The product owner has detailed knowledge about the product, and they study the business and address what the business needs. The scrum master attends the daily meetings and keep others updated, gives reviews and planning. And the development team works at the end of the sprint by analyzing, developing, testing the work done. Here, instead of a Kanban card, a backlog sheet is used, and no changes can be made after a sprint begins, which makes the process less flexible.
Understand how PlanStreet’s Scrum board will display the progress of the scrum team during a sprint.
We know that PlanStreet’s scrum board stakeholders define and commit to the goals of each sprint on the planning board.