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Understanding Scrum Methodology

Scrum is a popular methodology for project management which sits within the agile project management framework. Scrum projects are based around iterative developments called Sprints.

At the start of a Scrum project, a set of requirements are prepared and these are then fed into individual Sprints. The project is kept on track by daily meetings to review progress on the current Sprint and prepare the days activity. At the end of the current Sprint cycle a retrospective looks for ways to improve the following Sprint.

This process continues until the project sponsor is prepared to accept the outputs of the project.

AlchemyWorks Projects supports Scrum methodology with a project status type of Scrum. Projects assigned a status of this type show additional sections for sub-projects which are active and part of a current Sprint, and also active but not part of a current Sprint (called the Backlog).

Sub-Projects can be made part of a Sprint (or removed from it) using a control in the project scheduling tab. Projects which are part of a Sprint are highlighted in lists, and also show up in a specific list on project manager dashboards.

Tasks can be made part of a Sprint even where the container project is not of type Scrum. The sprint activities will still be highlighted in lists, and visible in the user dashboard.

As the Scrum type is a status display mode, any project can be viewed in Scrum format just by changing display mode in the project console. The Sprint tab will show all sub-projects which are selected and active. The Backlog tab shows all other active sub-projects which have not been selected as part of a Sprint.

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