Scrum is the best thing that happened to our government team

Delivering work in small increments keeps us focused, aligned and continuously improving

Michelle Thong
Sep 24, 2017 · 6 min read
Team elation at completing our first “perfect” Scrum sprint after six months, meaning all planned tasks were completed by the end of the sprint.

What is Scrum?

How Scrum Got Us in the Habit of Getting Things Done

1. We are disciplined about prioritizing

2. We hold ourselves accountable to our commitments

Snapshot of our Scrum board at the end of last week. We divide our work into eight major themes; each theme has tasks that are in backlog, work in progress or done.

3. We stay aligned as we progress

4. We have autonomy in how we do the work

5. We iterate to improve

Records of the most important “plus” and “delta” for Sprints 9 through 24.

What could Scrum do for your team?

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Michelle Thong

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Iterating towards human-centered, data-informed government. Service Innovation Lead, City of San Jose. Cofounder, Code for San Jose. Canadian in Silicon Valley.

The San Jose Way

The City of San Jose's Official Innovation Blog