Today technology moves at light speed. Let’s see how to keep up with technology with Scrum.
The waterfall method
In the past, the standard way to manage software development was by using the “waterfall method”, basically the process was to execute activities sequentially. In fact, in waterfall, the development starts with defining all of the users’ needs which would then produce a design of the entire system. Subsequently, this design will determine the implementation of the code. Finally, the code is verified after the testing phase before releasing the system into production.
Over the years, unfortunately, the industry has found that following such a process has led to more failures than successes. In fact, it has been difficult to estimate the timeframe and cost of projects.
In addition, after following requirements which describe users’ needs, usually the final delivery no longer meets the necessities of users. Usually, the product which is the output of the project will have many bugs with additional costs to maintain it over time.
The Scrum framework
There are proofs that show that Scrum is a great framework for developing software in an agile way. In fact, this framework helps avoid many of the issues of the waterfall approach. That is because it’s based on empirical cycles and is simple for a small number of teams.
Now, more than ever, companies need to build products that add higher value to customers and the business. To be more competitive and profitable the product development has to be done better, faster with less costs. As a result, to face this challenge, organizations are trying to scale the development process with more developers and managers.
Keep in mind
Nevertheless, experience shows that the more teams work on the same product, the harder it is to organize the activities among those teams. At the same time, it is easier for small teams to communicate and self-organize. Increasing the number of teams working on the same product will make communication and collaboration more complex.
So, to increase the chances of scaling up successfully it is important that the original team inspects and perfects their processes before expanding the work to more teams.