On November 7 and 8, six women gathered at the MOB, to learn from Female Expert Irene Amo, Product Owner of ViscaWeb, about Scrum and how it increases performance in teamwork. In this post, the participants share their experiences about Scrum, how to increase performance, a Tech specialization course led by women for women at AllWomen Academy.
The agile methodology
The first evening starts with a theoretical introduction to different Agile methodologies. Back in 2001, seventeen software developers created the Agile Manifesto, to explain the agile methodology and its core values and principles. Agile consists of 12 principles that can be summed up by four core values:
- Individual interactions over process and tools
- Working software rather than thorough documentation
- Collaboration with the customer instead of contract negotiations
- More than following a plan, respond to change.
This methodology has since then become the main strategy for many tech teams.
One of the most popular agile methodologies in the modern tech industry is Scrum:
Scrum is an agile way to manage a project, mostly used in software development.
After a short Scrum and Agile introduction, key concepts, main values, and key roles in Scrum were discussed. Although the first evening was mainly theoretical, the female participants did not hesitate to ask questions and share their experiences about Scrum.
The reason why the participants attended the specialization course varied. Some already worked as a WomenInTech and wanted to know if Scrum would be a great asset for their work environment. Others were already using Scrum but wanted to know if they were using it the right way. Others were searching for a way to get into Tech and thought Scrum was a good start or just enjoyed learning everything related to Tech. Whatever the reason was to join, it led to a vivid discussion, about Why Scrum is important to include in any business strategy.
Scrum, how to increase performance
The second evening was a mix of theory and hands-on exercises. After showing what tools to use, Irene expertly launched the question “How to implement Scrum in your organization to increase teamwork performance?”. Different Scrum ceremonies to help increase team productivity passed by together with productivity and estimation exercises about how tasks could be done in the most efficient possible way.
Not only had we great fun in estimating the tasks of eating a strawberry, compared to a watermelon in the estimated effort with scrum cards. We learned so much, that in the end, we were perfectly capable to evaluate the course in a professional Scrum way. After just 6 hours, it became very clear to all of us: Scrum is a great tool. Not only in Tech work environments but basically in any corporate culture, where optimized performance and great teamwork is appreciated.
Female-friendly tech school
Are you a female professional, working or willing to work in Product Design, Product Management, Software Project Management or just searching for a way to improve performance and increase value delivery at your workplace? Do you want to know more about Scrum and agile methodologies in a female-friendly environment?
If you are looking for a quick way to get a broad tour of the Scrum methodology from scratch to implementation in a female-friendly environment for tech professionals, then this Technical Specialization course at AllWoman Academy is a great option.