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"Scrum", "Agile", "Activity Based Working"; these terms now form an integral part of the current business world. More and more organisations start working based on Scrum principles. Thence, the need for a flexible work environment is obviously growing. How can Scrum be applied in a smart, concrete and useful manner and what does it require of a 'new' working environment?
The need for flexible work environments and new ways of working is on the rise. Many organisations are embracing new methods, and one of these new and popular methods of working is Scrum.
With Scrum, the teams are entirely self-managing and the focus lies on productive, rapid and concrete output. A Scrum team consists of three roles: a product owner, a master and of course the team itself. By working in mini projects (sprints), concrete results are delivered quickly. A flexible and dynamic work environment is important in order to support Scrum, but what does this look like and how do you facilitate a Scrum-proof work environment as an employer?
Scrum fails or succeeds depending on the support from the work environment. In order to be successful with Scrum, the work environment must support Agile in all areas and facilitate teams in the most productive and efficient way. The phases in the process must be visible, as well as the team members themselves.
The work environment must therefore be flexible and move in line with the team and the project in the most dynamic way. With Scrum, the meetings are short, efficient, pro-active and are held standing.
This is how the "Daily Stand Up" (the daily meeting) with stand-up tables should be facilitated, and in addition to dynamic meeting rooms, places in which you can concentrate should also be facilitated. Must-haves for Scrum in the work environment are therefore flexible spaces for collaboration, places for concentration, whiteboards, Scrum walls, video walls, post-its, marker pens etc.
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