I have tried to highlight the importance and significance of the scrum events in my writing.
The Scrum framework has 5 events known as the Scrum Events.
Why is so much emphasis given on prioritization of backlog and Sprint Planning? These are techniques of reducing the noise and listening to what is important, what is of value. If you have ever used the noise-canceling headphone you might understand how you can hear and enjoy even the most hushed beats. These are events used to concentrate on the most valued work items that will yield maximum customer satisfaction and higher ROI. The main focus is to deliver the highest value.
The importance of daily standup meetings or Daily Scrum is to align all the team members to focus on the goal to avoid or minimize deviation. To take corrective measures or actions immediately when the deviation from the desired goal is observed.
There is a very thin line between micromanaging and aligning when it comes to Daily Scrum. This event sometimes turns into a status update meeting rather than a standup. If your team is feeling the burden of Daily Scrum it is time to retrospect and observe if the team is utilizing the event for what it is meant for.
Nothing can be achieved based on assumptions, validation is important to be assured that the team is delivering what is expected and not what they assume. This is the event where the work “Done” is demonstrated to the stakeholders. Feeback and acknowledgment go hand in hand during the Sprint Review. The stakeholders acknowledge what is been delivered and based on that provide feedback which is then added to the product backlog.
Sprint Retrospective is looking back and reflecting on what went well and what can be improved. During this event, the team reflects on how can they improve the process, product, or work environment.
Individuals introspect and teams retrospect to improve. If you know the importance of introspection you will understand the value of retrospection.
All the above four events need to repeat in a fixed duration cycle, to achieve what is intended from the framework. The cycle is called the Sprint and it is also known as the container event. All events need to be completed within the timebox.