You may be interested in finding new and more efficient ways to develop software. Especially if you work in teams, which is one of the keys to achieving better quality developments in the shortest possible time. In this article, we will tell you what Scrum is and why it can be the methodology you need in your work routine.
What is Scrum and why is it a great methodology?
According to Business News Daily, it is a methodology that seeks to foster collaboration between development teams. The name of this kind of work process comes from rugby, where all the players must work together to obtain the team’s victory, and it is the same thing that happens in software development!
The idea of the Scrum methodology is to obtain the best possible result from a given project. But that is not it: it also appeals to efficiency and productivity. So, not only results are sought, but also the lowest possible cost and time on each of the jobs.
One of the keys to Scrum is partial deliveries. Some teams tend to base their developments on final deliveries to customers, but this is usually a mistake. Do you wonder why? Well, for several reasons. The main one is because there is no certainty about whether the development will be liked by the customer.
Therefore, you can spend hours working on one thing that you will later have to modify completely. On the other hand, with the Scrum methodology, you make partial and periodic deliveries. Consequently, the customer will be notified of all the progress and will be able to request revisions or modifications while you are working.
However, this is also very important to improve efficiency. As you make partial deliveries of the final work, you will always keep priorities in mind. Consequently, the workflow always focuses on the main thing first. Then, details are added on top, which is perfect for complex projects.
Benefits of developing software in Scrum.
According to Indeed, the Scrum methodology has many benefits for teams. Here are the most important ones:
Better sizing of projects.
In Scrum, iterations guide projects. Consequently, each project is divided into small blocks that are much more manageable. This situation is perfect for those complex developments, whose dimensions can be overwhelming for programmers. Here, on the other hand, every stage, every goal, and every possible difficulty that may appear along the way is known.
Improve delivery dates.
We know: that deadlines with the client can be a problem. Sometimes they are anticipated due to unreasonable development expectations and then have to be changed in the end. Well, nothing like that will happen here. Thanks to these project divisions, error margins are less frequent and this allows a more realistic development.
Do not forget one relevant thing: Scrum is a group methodology. Most iterations are usually resolved between 2 weeks and 1 month, although it will depend on each work team. Therefore, it focuses on each stage quickly and this means that developers will learn more things in less time.
The Scrum methodology also makes it much easier to receive feedback from the customer or the Team Leader himself. Since the work blocks are smaller, it is easier to acquire accurate feedback and propose quick solutions to possible setbacks. This prevents errors from being carried over to the final product.
Generation of an MVP.
Yes, you will also be able to generate an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) through this technology. After several iterations, you will have a functional product to deliver to the customer. As you will always seek to develop the essential aspects of the software, you will surely have that MVP much sooner than with another methodology.
Finally, you must consider that there will be certain orders and responsibilities that cannot be avoided. However, in general, segmenting the work with this agile methodology will mean an increase in freedom for the programmers. Consequently, they will be more comfortable solving each of the tasks.
ISA case: SCRUM in a real Huenei project.
To illustrate the importance of the Scrum methodology, we want to tell you about our experience working with one of our clients. In 2019 we began to work with ISA, a port logistics company, to improve its monitoring, management, and reporting processes, using agile methodologies.
We started the project with a Discovery stage that consisted of a series of meetings with the Product Owner and with the end-users. This stage allowed us to begin to get to know in-depth the problems and specific needs of the different Stakeholders. The client was a participant at all times in the creation process.
The work continued with the delivery of different instances of prototypes and MVPs, followed in all cases by customer feedback. This methodology, based on Scrum, allowed us to continue perfecting the final version. The finished product was a system, in mobile application format, that allows users to carry out a comprehensive tracking of all the ship’s tasks during service.
The added value of the Scrum methodology, as you can see with this real case, is to always have the customer’s vision and then have the tools to carry out an iterative process. This way we manage to optimize development costs, shorten times, and achieve a much better result!