The Scrum method — powered with Post-it® Products — breaks up a project into modules, helping track all the project tasks through various stages of completion and allowing everyone on the team to be aware of the moving pieces. It can help turn thoughts into actions, and actions into achievement.
What is the Scrum methodology? If you’re collaborating on a quickly moving project that has lots of moving parts, Scrum can be a big help. It’s a flexible, holistic strategy where a team works as a unit to reach a common goal. By implementing it using Post-it® Products, it might be just what you need to help your team get ideas out and assemble all the puzzle pieces of a project into a beautifully complete whole.
Begin your Scrum process by finding a wall that’s accessible to all team members and installing Post-it® Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface. The Post-it® Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface gives you an incredibly flexible space for writing, sketching, and thinking out loud in a collaborative environment. Plus, you can apply it to almost any surface without worrying about damage.
On the Post-it® Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface, draw five columns and write individual headers for each in this order: Story, To Do, In Process, To Verify, and Done. Next, write a complete list of all the functions and features that need to be added to your project. In the world of Scrum, we call these “stories” — each story is a smaller sub-project with its own associated tasks.
Now write down each story separately on Post-it® Super Sticky Notes 3 in. x 3 in. and arrange them in the Story column. You can use the variety of colors to color-code each story note to the team member responsible for it, and since the notes are super sticky, you can rearrange them over and over again as you work through the Scrum process.
Here’s where things start to get exciting! Identify the to-dos associated with each and every story, write each task on a Post-it® Super Sticky Notes 2 in. x 2 in., and stick them in a row next to the relevant story. The smaller notes are great for jotting down shorter to-dos, and with two times the sticking power of regular notes, you can trust that they’ll stay front and center.
Stepping back, you can see your Scrum columns, your stories, and all the to-dos associated with those stories — a high-level summary of your project and its timeline, visible to all of your collaborators. Now it’s time to put it all into action!
If a to-do is ready to be worked on, the team member responsible for it moves it to the In Process column. The In Process column represents all tasks that are currently being worked on — whether just underway or close to being completed.
If a task has been worked on but requires testing, the team member responsible for it moves it to the To Verify column.
Once a task has been completed, it can be moved to the Done column! When your project is fully complete, celebrate by removing any Post-it® Super Sticky Notes 2 in. x 2 in. from the Done column and setting them aside to archive.
By incorporating the Scrum methodology into your team’s workflow using these key Post-it® Products, you’ve got a powerful way to turn thoughts into actions, make big ideas stick, and take the small steps needed to achieve a goal. Just follow the steps:
1. Start with a surface
2. Write your project’s “stories”
3. Assign your to-dos