Healthcare Scrum Master

Last post 08:22 pm December 15, 2021
by André Deuzing
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08:58 am December 14, 2021

For those of you that have experience working as a Scrum master in the healthcare setting, what kind of projects do you generally work on. How long do the sprints usually last? Any input is much appreciated!

08:38 pm December 14, 2021

My wife works in healthcare but not as a Scrum Master.  But I have talked to her a lot about "projects" that she works on.  I have heard some where a Scrum approach could be useful but it would be difficult to implement.  I have heard more daily activities that could benefit from some empirical approach than projects. 

Remember that the Scrum framework is not a project management solution.  It is an empirical value delivery framework. So if you were a Scrum Master in a healthcare setting, what kind of value delivery would you see as being able to benefit from the empirical, incremental approach of Scrum?

08:55 pm December 14, 2021

For those of you that have experience working as a Scrum master in the healthcare setting, what kind of projects do you generally work on. How long do the sprints usually last?

In Scrum each Sprint is a project: a temporary endeavor that yields a valuable outcome. Specifically, there must be a Done increment that meets a Sprint Goal.

There is often an organizational gravity to be overcome before this practice can be achieved. Hence, rather than ask how long Sprints usually last in a certain context, it can be better to first query if they are real.

08:58 am December 15, 2021

Hi, I work as a scrum master and agile coach at a local hospital. Currently we have 6 scrum teams. All teams are part of the IT department. We have infrastructure teams, BI teams and teams working on the functional side of the "patient journey" Most teams are working in 2 or 4 week sprints. At the end we are doing a sprint review of all the teams together. Every team has a dedicated PO, and the business provides them with the right information via the business owners. Every quarter we do a planning session with the PO and BO's to plan the next quarter.

Hope that this givers you some info. Let me know if you want more!