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SCRUM Methodology

Scrum methodology has grown out of agile software development as a solution to projects which are behind the schedule or which are highly likely to have a problematic development phase. By working collectively as a team whilst independently completing their assigned tasks, the team members are able in theory at least to handle such a difficult project. Also unlike any other agile methodology, it is adaptive in nature. As such even the business requirements documentation upon which the new software is based can be modified, as well as reduced in order toe ensure the project delivers on schedule.

Looking at the theory of Scrum methodology, well basically it works on short duration targets. The project is broken down into several sprints. Each sprint usually has a time duration of 20-30 days, and the features that are to be developed in a particular sprint are decided at the beginning of it. The tasks assigned to each of the team members are well quantified and achievable.

The team itself comprises of highly skilled team members. There is a scrum master who checks everyday developments and progress as well as acting as an interface between the management and development team. They will also liaise with the product or brand owner to give vision and clear goals to the team.

Why Does SCRUM Work in Chaotic Projects?

There are four reasons why scrum methodology works well in even the most difficult process of software development. These are:

1.0 Change in Focus

In scrum methodology, the focus changes from why a feature cannot be delivered, to discussion on what it is possible to deliver within the timeframes required. This of course is a much more positive "troubleshooting" approach which only helps.

2.0 Choice of Team Members

The scrum team members are a self-organizing, self-driven group of people with high skill sets. They are able to accomplish their everyday targets and help other team members if required. They work with a true collegiate team spirit in order to get things done.

3.0 Quantified Targets

All the required features of the new software are broken into day-to-day targets for each of the team members. All that is required to manage it is the light control of the scrum master to ensure that every team member is completing his target's to schedule.

4.0 Regular Meetings

This is the most important feature of scrum methodology. The scrum master conducts a number of short yet focused meetings to ensure they are able to exercise control for getting the software ready. The various types of Scrum meetings are an absolute key part of Scrum methodology.

SCRUM Methodology - Tip

SCRUM works well when the methodology is implemented properly and managed rigorously. Any slippage in deliverables needs to be highlighted and dealt with immediately. Because the timeframes of each sprint are so tight anyway, any minor slippage which is not swiftly rectified can quickly cause the whole process to fail.

For this reason you need an excellent Scrum Master who has is technical, with an eye for the detail and who is adept at managing project teams.

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