How to focus on value creation?

June 9, 2014

How to focus on value creation?


The Scrum framework is driven by the goal of delivering maximum business value in a minimum

time span. To achieve this practically, Scrum believes in iterative development of deliverables.

In most complex projects, the customer may not be able to define very concrete requirements

or is not confident of what the end product may look like, the iterative model is more flexible

in ensuring that any change requested by the customer can be included as part of the project.

User Stories may have to be written constantly throughout the duration of the project. In the

initial stages of writing, most User Stories are high-level functionalities. These User Stories

are known as Epic(s). Epic(s) are usually too large for teams to complete in a single Sprint.

Therefore, they are broken down into smaller User Stories.

Each complex aspect of the project is broken down through progressive elaboration during

the Groom Prioritize Prioritized Product Backlog process. The Create User Stories and the

Estimate, Approve, and Commit User Stories processes are used to add new requirements

to the Prioritized Product Backlog. The Product Owner’s task is to ensure increased ROI by

focusing on value and its continuous delivery with each Sprint. The Product Owner should

have a very good understanding of the project’s business justification and the value the project

is supposed to deliver as he drafts the Prioritized Product Backlog and thereby decides what

deliverables and hence values are delivered in each Sprint. Then the Create Tasks, Estimate

Tasks, and Create Sprint Backlog processes produce the Sprint Backlog which the team uses to

create the deliverables.

In each Sprint, the Create Deliverables process is used to develop the Sprint’s outputs. The

Scrum Master has to ensure that the Scrum processes are followed and facilitates the team

to work in the most productive manner possible. The Scrum Team self-organizes and aims to

create the Sprint Deliverables from the User Stories in the Sprint Backlog. In large projects,

various cross-functional teams work in parallel across Sprints, delivering potentially shippable

solutions at the end of each Sprint. After the Sprint is complete, The Product Owner accepts

or rejects the deliverables based on the Acceptance Criteria in the Demonstrate and Validate

Sprint process.

The benefit of iterative development is that it allows for course correction as all the people

involved get better understanding of what needs to be delivered as part of the project and

incorporate these learning in an iterative manner. Thus the time and effort required to reach the

final end point is greatly reduced and the team produces deliverables that are better suited to

the final business environment.


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