Getting a New Scrum Team Started (Part 1 of 2)
via Scrum.org Blog by Chris Belknap
The Scrum Guide provides no reference or guidance on how to get started with Scrum. That’s because Scrum is a lightweight, minimal framework to encourage self-organization. I have heard it stated that Scrum is intentionally incomplete. There are no special Sprints in Scrum, such as Sprint Zeros, either, which leaves many new to Scrum wondering how to get started.
Since I’ve gone through this myself and have helped a lot of new Scrum Teams get started over the past decade, I decided to share what I do and write down the recommended steps I typically take with a new Scrum Team to get started. This is part one of a two-part series.
If you only had one day to get started…
Let’s say that you’ve joined a new Scrum Team as the Scrum Master for an important new flagship product, and the stakeholders are eager to see the team get started and make progress. They’ve heard about Scrum and want to know how long it will take before the first Sprint starts. Leadership will support you with whatever the team needs to be successful. So, how long will it take to start Sprinting? And, what needs to be in place before the first Sprint?