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What do scrums and sprints have to do with software development?


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What do scrums and sprints have to do with software development?
#Scrum is a highly recognized and used agile framework for #software development. It is a project management tool that is based on creativity, adaptability, and collaboration.
The Process
The scrum process takes the idea of what the final product needs to do and look like and reverse-engineers it. By working backward the team establishes all the functions and requirements of the project and divides the tasks into a sequential order.
These individual tasks are known as #sprints (Iteration). The same process is followed for each sprint on a smaller and more detailed level. Scrum follows a set process (illustrated below):
  • Product/sprint briefing: The team is briefed on the project requirements
  • The product/sprint backlog is written: A list of all things that need to be done within the project.
  • Daily Scrum review: The tasks from the day before are reviewed and assessed
  • Sprint review: The sprint, one fully completed, is reviews and assessed at a product level
  • Sprint retrospective: The sprint, one fully completed, is reviews and assessed at a process management level
The benefits
  • Based on flexibility: The daily reviews allow for constant adaptability
  • Progress is constantly monitored: This helps the project stay on track both in terms of the vision and timescale
  • Continuous process improvement: Lessons from one sprint are passed on to the next to avoid similar mistakes and streamlining of processes
  • Creative by nature: This supports the creativity of software development perfectly as these projects visions are highly creative by nature and susceptible to change
  • Is not a rigid framework: It does not tell you specifically how to something or what to do, rather, it facilitates the benefit of daily hindsight and builds an overarching assessment of what is being done. This helps provide clarity on what is working and what isn’t working and allows quick changes to be made
  • Self-management: Delegating responsibility allows for quick decision making and immediate adaptability
  • Strong reliance on collaboration: Daily meetings set the tasks of the day based on what was successfully completed or needs adapting from the day before. This means that workload, skills and knowledge are shared and supported within the sprint team.
  • Unfiltered transparency: “A problem shared is a problem halved”. Once again, this allows to review the successful tasks and those that may need reviewing and changing, it also leads to new possibilities that were not possible or thought of before.
the scope
Scrum can be applied and scaled to any project and function. it is extremely useful and beneficial in today’s innovative and face-paced markets, where adaptability and flexibility are highly valued. Scrum is widely used in #sales, #customerservice, and #marketing.