Scrum Methodologies by Tech ICS

Scrum Methodologies

When Client’s approach us in most cases, the main issue is that the website or application that had been built is not what they wanted. Planning is vital and our team works in a way to make sure we provide consistent and quality delivery of work. 

We follow the Scrum Methodology and your next question will be, what is that? Scrum addresses complexity in work by making information transparent, so that people can inspect and adapt based on current conditions, rather than predicted conditions. Planning is the crucial part of this development process and ensures that projects are delivered to a customer. 

Most of our Client’s tell us their experiences with previous developers or IT Agency, we avoid this, making sure that we do what we say and not take on a project without knowing the deliverables. This allows teams to address the common pitfalls of a waterfall development process, chaos resulting from constantly changing requirements; underestimation of time, resources and cost; compromises on software quality; and inaccurate progress reporting. 

Transparency of common terms and standards is required in Scrum development to ensure that what is being delivered is what was expected. Frequent inspection ensures progress and detects variances early on so that adjustments can be made quickly. The most common Scrum events for inspection and adaptation are: Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum or "Stand Up", Sprint Review, and Sprint Retrospective. 

I hope the following will give you an understanding and why we have chosen to follow this process. 

What is Scrum Project Management?

Scrum is an agile project management methodology or framework used primarily for both websites and software development projects with the goal of delivering what a client wants for their development. The delivery is done with correct planning, to avoid wastage on production. 

Who Uses Agile Scrum Methodology?

Using the scrum methodology is used mostly for those building complex web applications and software applications. It is not necessarily used for simple websites or applications; however it provides no harm to do so. The methodology once embedded into the team, allows other teams such as marketing, sales to use this.  
Leadership teams are also basing their agile management practices on Scrum, often combining it with other methodologies, supporting the business growth and making sure the delivery of projects are being done. 

What is Scrum in Relation to Agile Project Management?

Scrum is a sub-group of agile. Agile is a set of values and principles that describe a group's day-to-day interactions and activities. Agile itself is not prescriptive or specific.

The Scrum methodology follows the values and principles of agile, but includes further definitions and specifications, especially regarding certain software development practices.

Although developed for agile software development, agile Scrum became the preferred framework for agile project management in general and is sometimes simply referred to as Scrum project management or Scrum development.

What are the benefits received from the Scrum Methodology?

Using scrum methodology allows your team to have a higher productivity, allows you to deliver better quality products, improve delivery of the product, better team dynamics and improved communications. 

The Components of Agile Scrum Development?

The Scrum methodology is defined by team roles, events (ceremonies), artifacts, and rules.

The Scrum Team

Scrum teams are typically composed of 7 +/- 2 members and have no team leader to delegate tasks or decide how a problem is solved. The team as a unit decides how to address issues and solve problems. Each member of the Scrum team is an integral part of the solution and is expected to carry a product from inception to completion. There are three key roles in a Scrum team:

The Product Owner

The Product Owner is the project's key stakeholder - usually an internal or external customer, or a spokesperson for the customer. There is only one Product Owner who conveys the overall mission and vision of the product which the team is building. The Product Owner is ultimately accountable for managing the product backlog and accepting completed increments of work.

The ScrumMaster

The ScrumMaster is the servant leader to the Product Owner, Development Team and Organization. With no hierarchical authority over the team but rather more of a facilitator, the ScrumMaster ensures that the team adheres to Scrum theory, practices, and rules. The ScrumMaster protects the team by doing anything possible to help the team perform at the highest level. This may include removing impediments, facilitating meetings, and helping the Product Owner groom the backlog.

The Development Team

The Development Team is a self-organizing, cross-functional group armed with all of the skills to deliver shippable increments at the completion of each sprint. Scrum broadens the definition of the term "developer" beyond programmers to include anyone who participates in the creation of the delivered increment. There are no titles in the Development Team and no one, including the ScrumMaster, tells the Development Team how to turn product backlog items into potentially shippable increments.

By following the above principles, allows us, at Tech ICS to provide consistent, delivery of projects without impacting on quality and service. Speak to us today on 0333 344 7237 or email us info@techics.com. 

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