What is a Scrum Project?

Endeavors such as software development require special organization techniques. Organization techniques such as project frameworks abound and are sometimes used as standard procedures for companies to conduct their production methods.

You may have heard of the Scrum project framework. It is similar to the project methodology Agile, and it differs from it in its nature (since Scrum isn’t a methodology nor a process). Scrum Project management can lead your project to success and efficiency in well-defined amounts of time. It also helps developers to stick to the budget they were given, at all times. The most important aspect of this is that the scrum is built on transparency.

Why is this so popular?

Follow us and discover why is Scrum Project management one of the most popular options nowadays to organize all kinds of project developments and why its use has been so prevalent in the last couple of years.

How do developers work with Scrum?

The teams

In the Scrum, model developers work in groups without specific roles. These groups are cross-functional, without defined roles and without a defined leader. Decision making will be done between all of the members of a team.

The previously exposed characteristic does not lead the Scrum team to a path without guidance. There is a role in which a certified individual, the Scrum Master, coaches the team in the use of the processes involved. This person has to be sure that the team uses their resources in the best way possible so that they can save time and energy during the project.

There is also the Product Owner, (sometimes abbreviated PO) which represents the client and the users of the product. They will use their expertise in the field in which the product is developed to ensure that the project is going in the right direction.

The Sprints

This term refers to a time period of usually 2 to 4 weeks. The most common sprint is the one that only lasts 2 weeks. The idea of setting such a short period of time is that results will be available sooner and final revisions and evaluations can be done this way.

The meetings

There are two main types of meetings within a Scrum project. The one at the beginning of each sprint: this one sets the highest priority items in the backlog, and sets the lists of tasks to be developed in that sprint. There are also daily standups in which the members of the team share what they did the day before, and what they have to do that day. Daily standups cannot exceed 15 minutes in total.

Time for review

One of the most important aspects of a Scrum project is the evaluation and reflection time. Tasks and results can be assessed at any given time by other team members, by the Scrum Master or by the Product Owner. The idea is to receive valuable feedback that will allow the development team to work on improvements and add changes to the chain of work.

Burnup and burndown charts

Burnup charts show what has already been accomplished in the project, and burndown charts show what is still remaining in a sprint. These two charts are an effective way of showing progress to the product owner and also quickly finding out whether a sprint is on schedule or not.

Waterfall methodology versus Scrum Framework

Under the waterfall methodology, steps are linear, and they go in the following order: conception, initiation, analysis, design, construction, testing, and deployment. Among the few advantages of this approach, we can find that planning and designing is a more straightforward process and everything is clear and set from the beginning. It is also very easy to measure progress since it goes in a specific order or events.

The main disadvantage of this traditional approach is that product satisfaction is not guaranteed, since the development is based upon requirements that were established at the beginning of the project, the client may not see what the product really is until the end of the project.

Following a Scrum framework, on the contrary, gives the client multiple opportunities to see what is being made and what is going to be delivered. Besides, transparency in a Scrum project makes everybody know exactly what they are part of and this increases the sense of responsibility of the team, which can bring nothing but high-quality results.