What is scrum parking lot and how it works
In this article, I will be discussing what is a software development lifecycle (SDLC) and how it applies to the scrum process. A key question to address that needs to be addressed is, “What is the SDLC?” In a nutshell, the SDLC is an approach to software development that involves multiple phases and lifecycle phases. The SDLC encompasses the whole lifecycle of the project from beginning to end. I will describe how the SDLC applies to scrum process in detail below.
What is a SDLC?
Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), often called the software lifecycle, is a process of planned and coordinated activities that are performed to transform an idea into a software product. It consists of five phases. These phases typically include an initiation phase, planning phase, development or coding phase, testing phase, and final delivery and support phase. The SDLC is performed for each project. What I just described above is a traditional approach to software development lifecycle. Scrum team does not use a traditional SDLC approach to deliver the software product. In scrum development, only two phases are used: initiation phase and execution phase. So, what is then, the execution phase? In simple terms, it is called a sprint.
What is a sprint?
The benefits of using scrum parking lot
According to agileadvisor.com, if you use scrum parking lot the team will have a very clear idea on the features that they are working on. You can use the parking lot to list down all the features or requirements that you want to implement into your production software. The reason why you should use scrum parking lot is because it is a way of envisioning and prioritizing what features are to be implemented first. You have a very clear idea of what you are going to deliver and it helps you start working on the features that will be delivered to your users. You can put the features that are less important to your users into the parking lot and thus you will be able to start focusing on the important features. If you want to go back in time and start working on some of your earlier features as well then you just need one version of your product code in order to roll back your development process. You can also change entirely which feature you want to work on at any time, so it is important that you use scrum parking lot.
How to use scrum parking lot in your business
To use the scrum parking lot, you first have to make a list of the features that you need to implement. You can create columns for different features and rank them by priority. Once you are done with making the list, you can place it inside a wall in your office or add it a presentation so everyone will be able to see it.
You can now start adding tasks to each of the columns. For example, if your first feature says, “Implement social media login”, you would create a task that reads, “Talk to the developer.” In this example, you have talked to the developer and she has given you the information that you need. Now that you have all the information correct, you can add it to your list.
With scrum parking lot, we are actively working on implementing features instead of perennially planning on implementing them. This is crucial for development, as you will be working on the same features continuously instead of planning them and moving on to something else.
Scrum parking lot helps in reducing the chaos in the system, as all your tasks will be clearly visible. You can see which are near completion and which are not.
Tips for effective scrum parking lot
A scrum parking lot should not be used as a feature backlog. Keep in mind that a scrum parking lot is only supposed to contain the features that you are planning to deliver. It should not contain any other tasks or work that you need to do. In order for the scrum parking lot to be effective, you have to create a list of features that are well-defined and you have to assign a priority value to each feature. Prioritization is very important because it will allow the team members to determine which feature they should start working on. What should be in a scrum parking lot?
A scrum parking lot is similar to a feature backlog. It isn’t a complete backlog where you can write down everything you want to do for the next sprint (you’ll need more than one for that anyway). A scrum parking lot is similar to the Highest-Priority-first-in-queue (HPFQ) method. You can find this article in our blog: https://www.liferay.com/community/blogs/patrick-baudisch/2012/08/28/highest-priority-first-thing
The main difference is that the HPFQ method involves taking the last feature you’ve worked on, which is often not the highest priority feature. With a scrum parking lot you take the highest priority features and put them in a backlog for your next sprint. Here are some things that should be in a scrum parking lot:
Examples of scrum parking lot in action
Here are some examples of scrum parking lot in action: 1. Visualization of features that you can deliver. 2. A way to help your team members focus on what they are actually supposed to deliver 3. Helps the team members target their efforts 4. This is ideal for beginners because it becomes easier to see what you are supposed to deliver 5. It helps the team members understand that they should prioritize their tasks. 6. It helps the team members easily communicate their progress to other people outside their team. 7. Helps the team members in deciding what to focus on first and what to focus on last.
The scrum parking lot will help your team members allocate their efforts properly. It has been seen that beginners find it really hard to decide what tasks are most important for them to finish first and what tasks are most important for them to finish last. Adding the “scrum parking lot” will remove all this confusion from their minds and help them better manage their time and efforts.