At your next Sprint Retrospective, why not work with your Scrum team to identify a New Year’s Resolution? Focus on improving your Scrum game in 2024 with one of these five resolutions to enhance collaboration within your team and deliver value sooner to your customers.

1) Focus on Incremental Delivery


What is it?

Incremental delivery is the key to achieving tangible progress in small, manageable chunks. Instead of aiming for a grand unveiling at the end of an initiative, teams practicing incremental delivery deliver a series of small, functional increments throughout the development cycle.

Why it matters

Incremental delivery is a game-changer because it ensures continuous improvement, allows for early and frequent feedback, and mitigates risks associated with late-stage changes. By adopting this approach, teams can respond swiftly to changing requirements and deliver value to stakeholders consistently.

Take a deep dive into the world of incremental delivery here to discover the perfect way to explain this concept to your Scrum teams and stakeholders.

2) Improve the Retrospective


What is it?

The Retrospective is the Scrum team’s opportunity to reflect on their processes, people, and the definition of done. It’s the Scrum master’s most valuable event, aiming to enhance the adoption of Scrum by continuously refining the team’s working dynamics.

Why it matters

A well-conducted Retrospective is the cornerstone of continuous improvement. By fostering an environment where team members can openly discuss challenges and successes, the Scrum master can guide the team towards refining their collaboration, optimizing processes, and aligning with the definition of done.

The Retrospective is not just about processes, it’s about how the Scrum team collaborates and works together. The Retrospective can focus on soft skills like respect, openness, and commitment.

Make the Retrospective your focal point for improvement in the coming year, and witness its positive impact on your team’s cohesion and productivity.

3) Try Flow Metrics

What is it?

Say goodbye to traditional velocity metrics and welcome flow metrics into your Scrum world. Rather than focusing on how many points can be delivered in a sprint, teams using flow metrics concentrate on how many product backlog items are typically delivered per sprint.

Why it matters

Flow metrics provide a very realistic and actionable understanding of a team’s rate of value delivery. By asking the right questions about the size and dependencies of product backlog items, teams can make informed decisions about what to pull into a sprint and accurately forecast future sprints.

Embrace the power of flow metrics and revolutionize your sprint planning and forecasting approach. The switch from ‘how many points’ to ‘how many items’ can be a game-changer in simplifying estimation setting realistic expectations, and achieving consistent, sustainable progress.

4) Try Scrum… with Kanban

What is it?

In the pursuit of continuous improvement, Scrum teams can find inspiration and enhanced practices by incorporating elements from Kanban. One powerful aspect Scrum teams can borrow from Kanban is the practice of limiting work in progress (WIP).

Why it matters

Limiting WIP is a proven strategy to enhance workflow within a team. By setting constraints on the number of tasks or user stories actively in progress at any given time, teams can reduce bottlenecks, improve focus, and deliver value more efficiently.

By limiting WIP, Scrum teams can experience several benefits, including increased collaboration, reduced cycle times, and a heightened ability to respond swiftly to changes in project requirements.

How to incorporate it

Visualize Your Workflow: Create a visual representation of your workflow, from backlog to done. Tools like Kanban boards are excellent for this purpose.

Set WIP Limits: Identify stages in your workflow and establish limits on the number of items allowed in each stage simultaneously. This ensures that work progresses smoothly without overwhelming team members.

Monitor and Adapt: Regularly review and reflect on your workflow. Is the work progressing as expected? Are there bottlenecks? Adjust WIP limits as needed to optimize your team’s efficiency.

Embrace Continuous Improvement: Encourage open communication within the team to identify areas for improvement continually. This collaborative approach fosters a culture of continuous learning and adaptation.

By incorporating common Kanban practices into the practices used by your Scrum team, your team can unlock a new level of agility and efficiency. To learn more about the impact of implementing Kanban practices into your Scrum team, sign up for Rebel Scrum’s upcoming Professional Scrum with Kanban course.

5) Get Training


Embarking on a journey of continuous improvement within your Scrum team involves not just adopting new practices but also ensuring that everyone is equipped with the knowledge and skills to navigate the complexities of agile development. Investing in training is a pivotal step toward achieving successful product delivery.

For the Scrum Master

The Scrum Master is crucial in guiding the team towards improved adoption of Scrum and complementary practices. Training for the Scrum Master provides the tools and insights to navigate challenges effectively, facilitating a culture of continuous improvement. With the right knowledge, a Scrum Master can better support the team, remove impediments, and foster an environment conducive to agile success.

For the Product Owner

A well-trained Product Owner is instrumental in maximizing and aligning the product’s value with organizational goals. Training equips Product Owners with the skills to manage the product backlog, prioritize effectively, and collaborate seamlessly with the development team. By understanding agile product management principles, Product Owners can drive the delivery of high-value features that meet customer needs and contribute to organizational success.

For Scrum Team Members

Effective collaboration is at the heart of every successful Scrum team. Training for team members enhances their ability to work together cohesively, communicate transparently, and deliver a “done” increment of product every Sprint. It equips them with the tools to understand and implement agile principles, contributing to a culture of continuous improvement and fostering a shared understanding of the Scrum framework.

In a rapidly evolving landscape, staying up-to-date with the latest practices and methodologies is essential for the entire Scrum team. Training imparts knowledge and cultivates a mindset of adaptability and a commitment to continuous learning. As you set your sights on a successful and transformative year ahead, consider investing in training for all three accountabilities within your Scrum team. By doing so, you’re not just acquiring skills but laying the foundation for a thriving, agile, high-performing team.


The New Year is the perfect time to revitalize your Scrum practices. Whether you focus on incremental delivery, enhancing your retrospectives, or adopting flow metrics, we at Rebel Scrum wish you a happy – and successful – New Year!  



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