We have spoken about the Agile development method before and it is something that we apply on many of our software development projects.
However, there are various methodologies within Agile that can be employed on a project-dependent basis. One of those is the Scrum methodology. No, we aren’t talking about rugby. Scrum is actually a form of fast-paced development that has gathered increasing importance as software moves towards the subscription-based model.
What is Scrum?
As mentioned, Scrum is an Agile project management methodology. The framework is used for software development projects where fast turnaround is key to the success of the endeavour.
Typically, this turnaround should be between two and four weeks for every new capability introduced to the software. As such, Scrum becomes useful for companies that have released a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and now need to build on the software’s capabilities to satisfy early adopters and attract more users.
Who Uses Scrum?
Scrum has become the most popular Agile development methodology, so you will find that most large software developers have employed it in some form or another.
The basic model also applies to many other business departments. For example, many marketing departments have adopted Scrum to help them create flexible marketing campaigns that update constantly. This is primarily seen in digital marketing efforts, where companies may use the Scrum model to ensure they deliver a certain amount or type of content within certain timeframes.
On the client side, businesses that benefit from Scrum are those that need to output high volumes of software and updates to meet the needs of their clients. We have already mentioned subscription services, which update constantly to justify the monthly subscriptions of customers. However, Scrum also proves useful in mobile app development.
For example, a game developer may release a mobile app with basic features and then spend the next few years employing the Scrum methodology to release new game features to keep players on board.
The Benefits of Scrum
So, how does Scrum benefit project development teams? There are several positives to the methodology that most teams experience. These include the following:
- Higher levels of productivity, as the teams constantly focuses on creating new features for their software.
- Quick turnaround from planning to release.
- High quality products as teams focus on small segments of software at any one time, rather than splitting their attention between several aspects of a large software.
- Improved communication and collaboration within software development project teams.
- Improved satisfaction levels, both for employees working under the Scrum model and stakeholders who benefit from the results.
The Scrum Team
There are three key components to a Scrum team, with each intermingling to create transparency and develop great software.
The key stakeholder in the project, the product owner is usually a client, unless the software developers are producing their own in-house product.
While Scrum-based development teams tend not to have project leads, the ScrumMaster serves as a liaison between the Product Owner and the team. However, the ScrumMaster’s main role is to ensure efficient development of software under the methodology.
The team produces the software under the methodology. Teams generally consist of approx. seven people, who combined have talents across multiple disciplines that they can apply to the project.