Scrum, Agile

Gone are the days when every organization used to follow a very strict code of adherence to hierarchy.  There was a time when every organization whether big or small used to take a big pride on their organizational hierarchy, but that is all a part of the history. Not only have the organizations become smarter with the adoption of new technologies, but also there has been a great change in the way of their working. In this modern age of 21st century, team work has taken the place of strong autocracy and hierarchy. In other words the organizations have become more transparent.

Industry seems to be adopting new collaborative methods. Now a days we find teamwork is giving same level of privilege and importance to one and all across the board but keeping the goal intact, which is to successfully deliver a project or task within a given parameter of time and also meeting the quality parameter. Quality and quantity are both important and here comes the role of teamwork.

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Let us define both Agile and Scrum.

Agile: Agile software development refers to a group of software development methodologies based on iterative development, where requirements and Solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing cross-functional teams.

Scrum: Scrum is a subset of Agile. It is a lightweight process framework for Agile development, and the most widely used one.

The Scrum Agile technology has been taking over the market. It places high value on relationship and trust. It is known for decreased time to market and increased time on return of investment. Higher customer satisfaction, increased collaboration and ownership evidently bring out the best of leadership qualities in an individual. There are also certain inherent benefits associated with the Scrum Agile Technology. It gives relevant metrics, reduced risks and also has good ability to discover prospects, problems & better handle service conundrums.

The Agile scrum framework is based on co-operation. The inputs from Executives, Team, Stakeholders, Customers and users are considered very useful for the success of the process. The inputs are received by the product owner and he lays out the task or to be more precise the tasks are ranked in order of their importance by consulting the Team. At the sprint meeting the team decides how much it can commit and deliver. The decision is taken collectively by the team members.

Generally the sprint given time is between 1-4 weeks. It must be remembered that generally the Sprint end date and the team deliverable do not change. This is a very fundamental and important aspect of the Agile Scrum framework. An appointed Scrum master reviews the everyday progress after every 24 hours, in a daily scrum meeting. After the work is finished s per the scheduled deadlines, there is finally a sprint review and sprint retrospective.

Thus, we can see this is a magnificent process, in which everyone from a stakeholder to the product owner to a common team member is involved in the process of delivering. The team member is the most important person in the whole process. The benefits of Agile are plenty. To list a few of these would be, a happy stake holder, a good visibility of the whole process, an enjoyable process, earning higher revenue, increased productivity, giving the right product with the right quality and proper guidance, having sufficient time to market the product and last but not the least….it is a fun process.