Risk Management in scrum

Last post 07:24 pm April 8, 2021
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11:07 am March 16, 2021

What is Risk management in scrum and how scrum master mitigate these risk ? 

05:36 pm March 16, 2021

Scrum's risk management is handled via its sprint timebox.  A sprint can run for 30 days or less.  The more risky the PBI, the shorter the sprint should be. 

05:47 pm March 16, 2021

Risk management is the process by which an organization identifies, evaluates, prioritizes, and mitigates deviations from expected outcomes.

The Scrum Guide says that:

Scrum employs an iterative, incremental approach to optimize predictability and to control risk.

Risk management isn't clearly spelled out in the Scrum Guide, but there are few examples to see it in practice.

Scrum helps a team mitigate schedule and budget risks by establishing a stable team, a regular cadence, and frequent delivery of a usable product. With a stable team, it's easier to estimate costs. With a regular cadence and frequent delivery, the team is capable of putting something into the hands of users on a regular basis and getting feedback. The stakeholders know that they will very likely get an improved product at least once a Sprint and how much each Sprint is costing them. This allows them to determine if it's viable to proceed based on the team's performance, realized value, and potential value in the Product Backlog.

If the team is truly embracing agility, they are also able to mitigate risks around quality and defects. The Definition of Done sets a clear bar for the quality of all work that is integrated into the product. Even if defects do slip through, the highly iterative nature of Scrum allows for teams to adjust their backlog and address issues fast enough to meet customer demands.

Depending on the context, there may be risks around uncertainty in the tools and technology used to build the product or provide the service. Incremental development lets the team build and prove small slices, obtain feedback, and continuously improve the product. The feedback can come from the team itself as they learn the domain, the product, and the tools. The feedback can also come from stakeholders as they use the product.

Unfortunately, it's tough to get into specifics unless the organization has identified some of its risks. It's likely that following Lean and Agile principles and using the practices and structures in the Scrum framework will help the organization to find opportunities to mitigate many risks.

Do keep in mind that, like many things in Scrum, risk management is not the responsibility of the Scrum Master. The Scrum Master should be in a position to help the team watch for risks, coach them on methods to identify and evaluate risks. However, risk management is a whole-team activity. Some risks may also extend beyond the Scrum Team and across the organization.

06:41 pm March 16, 2021

What is Risk management in scrum and how scrum master mitigate these risk ? 

Every time an investment is made without receiving immediate value, a leap-of-faith is being taken and a certain risk is being incurred.

If you were a Scrum Master, how would you recommend that this risk be managed?

07:24 pm April 8, 2021

Risks are strong related with uncertainty, so to manage risks it is necessary to identify uncertainties.