While up to half of software projects are unsuccessful, statistics show that Scrum raises the effectiveness of project management, and as many as 62% of projects run this way will succeed. Is Scrum currently ‘in fashion’? Definitely! Are you curious? Probably!
Scrum is a project management tool for a working life cycle. It is an Agile framework to properly manage the development cycle. As you’ve probably noticed, Scrum is very popular – especially in software projects. This is completely understandable. Scrum is valued for its high efficiency and its well-designed project management system.
Have a look at another statistic. Various sources show that up to 90% of teams working with Scrum say they have improved the quality of their work because of it. Scrum is also very popular for another reason: it is aligned with the Agile approach, which sets the highest standards for project management.
I have no doubt that Scrum will grow even more. I notice in my daily work that when I talk to customers or people from the industry, one of the first questions is which management system we will use to develop products. I say, “We are going with Scrum, because…” and this has motivated me to share my insights with you. I have chosen eight features that I think are crucial for Scrum.
# 1 Scrum is efficient
When working with Scrum, your team has the chance to achieve the highest levels of efficiency. This is possible due to the ‘sprints’ scheduled within a specific time frame. During this time frame or sprint, the team focuses on selected tasks. The sprint is carefully planned by the Scrum Master, who is responsible for time management.
# 2 Scrum ensures high-quality results
For good reason, Scrum is one of the most frequently used methodologies in software projects. One of its key features is ensuring quality. During a sprint the team focuses on pre-set tasks. This avoids the usual distractions from adding unplanned tasks. The exchange of knowledge and support among sprint members also ensures high-quality results.
# 3 Scrum allows you to see effects quickly
The work of the team is noticeable quickly. The work takes place over strictly defined functionalities that are ready and tested when the sprint is finished. Because the product is developed in stages, you can see the effects of development.
# 4 Scrum saves you money
Due to the effective time and tasks management, focused on eliminating bugs in the sprint, Scrum speeds up how you build your product. You will notice very quickly that your budget is being used effectively. You do not waste time dealing with unnecessary amendments. After finishing the sprint, the team goes to work on the next functionalities in the next sprint.
# 5 Scrum is transparent
This is an important feature, especially for customers who wants to monitor the progress of work on their product. Thanks to the sprints, they know exactly which functionalities the team is currently working on. They can also see the effects of this work relatively quickly. The aim of the development work is clear for both the team and the client.
# 6 Scrum provides support for all team members
If someone in a sprint has a problem with the task, then they can consult with the whole team for support. Other members in the sprint will provide help or, if necessary, complete the task. Knowledge exchange and mutual support help keep the sprint stable and avoid delays.
# 7 Scrum is user-friendly for sprint members
Scrum allows sprint members to choose the tasks they want to complete. This way, they can work on what they really like or are good at. The tasks are assigned by the Scrum Master, whose goal is to select the best tasks for the skills of each sprint member.
# 8 There are tools to support work in Scrum
Due to the huge popularity of Scrum, there are many tools available that support this project management methodology and allow you to control all processes and stages. One of the most-used is Jira, which works very well.
… And finally
Yes, it’s true – I really like Scrum. I would also like to share with you my other article on this topic on the pros and cons of Scrum. Please share with me any thoughts or experiences about Scrum, and I will gladly exchange suggestions.