SCRUM is an Agile methodology that allows a team to self-organize and make changes quickly, in accordance with agile principles. A scrum master is the facilitator for an agile development team and manages the process for how information is exchanged. While particularly suitable for software development, Agile development and the SCRUM framework can be used by many industries outside of software development.
Have you ever funded a 2-year software development project and found, after a year of team effort has been invested, that the project was killed because something new made the work obsolete? While some of the software may be reused, you have to ask if the team spent the typical 3 months in planning and documentation to now have it all go into the trash can.
You can help your company avoid this problem by using Agile development and the SCRUM framework. This approach has been successful for years overseas. Realizing large productivity and efficiency gains, it has recently started growing in popularity in the US. Processes and Procedures have been replaced by new frameworks in favor of Agile development and the SCRUM framework. You can’t afford to miss this paradigm shift!
Scrum reduces the complexity with three main roles: the product owners, developers and team coaching by a SCRUM master. The product owner is the link to the business developing a list of prioritized items to work on; the developers determine which task they can complete in a short sprint, reviewed with the product owner. The SCRUM master keeps the focus on the goal of making incremental changes in short time frames. It allows the team and the company to make changes and stay ahead of the competition.
Adopting the SCRUM framework is a major challenge. Like any other change, it takes time and commitment from the highest levels of management to stay the course. Many companies need 2-3 years to complete the change.
If you want to shorten that time, are starting a new SCRUM team and need help to get it started, Sine Nomine Associates can provide short term services designed to have you avoid initial pitfalls. Having an outside entity during this early phase helps reduce the team's initial push-back. Over time, we help train your own SCRUM masters, so they can take over.
Sine Nomine Associates can also assist your existing team's SCRUM masters. It is very helpful when the team has another experienced SCRUM master resource with which to communicate.