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Scrum software development

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What is Scrum?

Scrum is an agile development methodology used to develop software based on an iterative and incremental process. Scrum software development is an adaptable, fast, flexible and effective agile framework designed to deliver value to the customer throughout the project development. 

The main goal of Scrum is to meet the needs of the customer through an environment of transparent communication, collective responsibility and continuous progress. 

One of the most important roles in the Scrum development process is the Scrum Product Owner. In the Scrum method, the product owner is usually someone from marketing or product management or the main user of a product.

Development begins with a general idea of what is to be built. This involves creating a prioritized list of requirements (product backlog) that the product owner wants to achieve.

The most important Scrum features are:

  • Transparency in cooperation
  • Regular review
  • Fast iterations

The advantages of Scrum software development

Scrum software development

Scrum has many advantages over other agile development methods. These include some of the well-known advantages of Scrum software development:

  • Full Scrum Teams: Our interdisciplinary team of developers handles requirements analysis, drafting, architecture, design, development, testing, as well as DevOps. An experienced Scrum Master is available to assist the team. We can also provide the product owner.
  • Easily scalable: Scrum processes are iterative and are completed within specific work periods (sprints), which makes it easier for the team to focus on specific functionalities in each period. This not only has the advantage of producing better results that meet the needs of users, but also opens up the possibility of working with multiple teams on different functionalities at the same time, thus scaling development in an orderly, transparent and easy way.
  • Flexibility to changes: Scrum software development allows rapid response to changes in requirements that arise from customer needs or market developments. The methodology is designed to adapt to the changing requirements of complex projects.
  • Shorten time-to-market: As a customer, Scrum software development lets you use the project's key features before the product is fully ready.
  • Highest software quality: Maintaining quality is a key principle of development with Scrum. Testing takes place in every sprint and enables regular review of the work product during its development. This allows the Scrum team to identify quality issues early on and make adjustments as needed.
  • Reducing risks: Implementing the most valuable functionality first and knowing the speed at which the team is progressing through the project allows us to effectively eliminate risk upfront.

Our customers can also provide the product owner. We then support the creation of fine specifications, ensure that dependencies are taken into account in the prioritization, and query non-technical requirements (performance, stability, security, maintainability, user experience, data privacy, scalability, long-term support) in a structured manner and make recommendations.

What does P&T do differently?
  • We can provide you with a complete Scrum team and, if necessary, also provide the product owner.
  • We offer you top developers and well-rehearsed software teams that can implement and accompany your project from start to finish.
  • Our experts are business analysts and developers rolled into one, bringing an understanding of your business case.
  • We ask the right questions to make sure nothing is forgotten (both professional and technical).
  • We deliver verifiable results with added value every two weeks. 
  • We proactively monitor and manage project progress for scope, deadlines, and maximum customer value.
  • We have proven agile processes that ensure an optimal flow of information between all project participants on your side and ours.
  • The entire team speaks your language (German or English).
Our best practices for Scrum software development

Teamwork wins and helps software developers create quality products with -software development. To get the best quality out of Scrum:

  • Let's define the requirements in time to make the product features as relevant as possible. For this purpose, we organize requirements workshops.
  • We test regularly and incorporate stakeholder feedback.
  • Let's host regular sprint reviews with stakeholders.
  • Does the Scrum team use the sprint retrospectives to improve the way they work.
  • Let's hold personal dialogues to avoid misunderstandings.

Scrum software development

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between Scrum and Agile?

Agile is a philosophy that involves using a set of core values and principles to manage work and tasks. Scrum, on the other hand, is a specific agile method that can be used to run a software project.

What are the three roles of Scrum?

There are three roles in a Scrum team, namely:

  1. Scrum Master: responsible for ensuring that a Scrum team works as effectively as possible with the Scrum principles.
  2. Product Owner: knows the requirements for the product and ensures that the Scrum team aligns with the overall product goals.
  3. Development team: experts who put the tasks into action in a Scrum sprint.
What are artifacts in the context of Scrum?

In the context of Scrum, an artifact refers to work results. Scrum has three main artifacts, which are as follows:

  1. Product backlog: an ordered list of everything needed for a product, based on the product goal. It is constantly evolving and is never complete.
  2. Sprint Backlog: a list of everything the team intends to accomplish in a given Sprint. Once the list is created, no one but the development team can add anything to the Sprint Backlog.
  3. Increments: at the end of each sprint, the team delivers a product increment that can potentially be released, i.e., it meets the agreed-upon definition of completion.
Are there different phases in Scrum?

Yes, the following five phases are part of Scrum:

  1. Initiation: the phase in which the vision for your project is created. This includes, for example, identifying the stakeholders for the project and assigning the role of Scrum Master. This phase also assigns team members to the project to form the team.
  2. Planning and estimating: In this phase, plans are created for a sprint. As the team completes each Sprint, they can later be combined to complete all necessary elements in the project Backlog. When creating the plans, you should select relevant items from the backlog and move them to your sprint backlog.
  3. Implementation: in this phase, the planned sprints are implemented. The backlog is updated accordingly by removing elements as the team completes them. If needed, new elements are assigned from the backlog. In regular meetings, the team should be encouraged to ask questions, make requests, or make important comments that may be of interest to the other members. Just as in the planning and estimating phase, this process can be repeated several times until the project is complete.
  4. Verification: The completed tasks are to be realized as a working product with full lifecycle testing. The expenses for testing can be minimized by additional quality control or a lower number of user stories, but the first variant is the best solution. Each completed sprint must be demonstrated to the customer to gain their acceptance and view of the overall solution.
  5. Release: In this step, we discuss what went well and what can be improved in the next sprint. Feedback, experiences and problems with certain user stories are discussed and flow into the planning of the next sprint. 
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