It is time now when the globe is really revolving and taking the twist towards a brighter and better future with Agile Technologies. While there was a time when projects were huge, crossed time limitations, exceeded budgets, took a toll on manpower and at last a big task for the organizations. This all gets taken care of now with the Software Development Industry doing well and moving towards a more progressive approach.
Scrum is an integral part of an Agile software development methodology. It is basically a response to the challenges faced by the extremely used software development along with Project management models including waterfall.
There are numerous agile software development methodologies such as Scrum, Kanban along with XP or Extreme Programming and Crystal etc. Agile methodologies share much of the same philosophy including the same characteristics and practices. While Agile is much in demand, let us take a look at SCRUM which stands equally tall today.
It is a development framework based on the empirical process control where in cross functional and self-organized teams deliver working software at an interval of every thirty days or sometimes even less than that.
Empirical Process Control -
One of the key aspects that define SCRUM is Empirical Process Control. It is a uniform cycle of inspecting processes and adapts the result and process as it is. This process helps in handling really difficult and not so well comprehended aspects of SCRUM. The information could be gained through experience, experimentation and observation. We would look more into the empirical process later on when we try to compare Empirical and Defined process control used by waterfall. The comparative analysis drawn between the two brings in more clarity on Why SCRUM?
Cross Functional Team -
The meaning of Cross-functional or a multi skilled team is simple- one team many skills that work in collaboration towards a common goal. The Question of “I am this…” does not arise at all and every aspect is worked out carefully and collectively as a team. The team is self sufficient, efficient, diverse, united with one goal and most of all gives a strong multi dimensional angle to the organization.
Self-organized teams are super efficient teams which imbibe the required skill set within them. They keep complete control, decision making power which positively impacts the organization by prioritizing company goals, work in collaboration and unanimously decide on which side of the coin to pick. Usually, SCRUM borrows some principles from Lean Manufacturing
What is Lean Manufacturing -
It is basically called the Lean Manufacturing or Lean Production or it’s simply called "Lean". This is a systematic method for the eradication of waste within a manufacturing system. It also takes into account, the waste that has been created through overburden and unevenness in workloads.