It’s not new to hear that 80% of products do not perform as they were designed and into the market. A significant number of projects in nearly all industries tend to go over budget and time estimates.
One of the reasons for project failures is the methodologies organizations follow to capture requirements and plan their operations. It is well documented that the traditional waterfall model – based on sequential processes – does not work.
Scrum is a new method of accomplishing more results in less time. The two distinguishing characters of Scrum are: it is organized around small teams (usually about 5 members) and is based on what is known as sprint, “a short, sustainable burst of activity with plenty of time for review and reflection built in.”
The key highlights of Scrum are team collaboration; focus on delivering potentially shippable product or product features; daily review/standup meetings to check the progress regularly; and stakeholder interaction that ensures that developers and customers are on the same page when every product feature gets added or project milestone/goal get achieved.
- Scrum is a process for how to do development work and it starts with product backlog. The product backlog is a list of all the work involved in order to complete a project or develop an app. The user stories are used to capture the requirements of users mostly in their own language.
- The second stage of a Scrum project is planning. The team plans about all aspects of how the to-dos in the product backlog can be done.
- The most important aspects are selected as sprints. Sprint is a specific activity, where the minimum viable product is created in a specified time. There are usually short sprints, anywhere from four hours to four weeks. However, the important criterion is that every sprint should result in potentially shippable product or feature.
- In project management, the development or construction process is typically broken down into sprints. The team plans our work during daily meetings to hit the most important activities in each sprint, and a result is produced at the end of each sprint.
- Every Scrum project has a Product Owner, Scrum Master and team members. The Product Owner creates the vision of the project, while the Scrum Master creates a team environment with high accountability to get the work done.
Why Scrum is different?
- Scrum gives more importance to people than process. It achieves business goals on the strength of teamwork, regular communication and common sense. Scrum has born out of the belief that no one should spend their lives in doing meaningless work. It makes work people centered, and processes sane and enjoyable.
- User stories are written in a way that captures the needs of customers or end users in natural language with all the emotions in it. As all decisions are taken with the involvement of the whole team, every member is empowered. The entire team feels the ownership.
Who Can Take Up The Course?
- Scrum is used in many industries and in making many products, from software to space ships. If you are associated with an organization at any managerial levels or if you are a project manager, training in Scrum will change the way you work, plan and think. Synergy offers basic and advanced Scrum courses. The courses are delivered by certified Scrum trainers.