If you are in the software development industry, you will know that Scrum does not refer to a section of a game of rugby, although the term was used because a rugby scrum is made up of a group of people who have the flexibility to collectively move in any direction, depending on where the ball is at any given time. The Scrum process is a dynamic way to work on a software development project, and since its conception in the early 1990s, Scrum has fast become an accepted method to improve efficiency in software development.
The Scrum Framework
The process works by involving the team in short, objective based sessions called sprints, which might last anything from two weeks to one month, during which the team is given short term objectives, rather than tasks. The group would have several key members, the most important being the ScrumMaster, who acts as a facilitator and guides the group through the Scrum process. Scrum Master training is available worldwide, and in Australia, there is an organisation that is affiliated with Scrum.org, the original creators of the Scrum framework.
Once the sprint has been created, the team have short morning meetings, during which they discuss yesterday’s achievements and the schedule for the coming day. These daily meetings are critical and the team learns how to be more dynamic and with the freedom and flexibility to change direction anytime, the ScrumMaster ensures that everyone sticks to the formula.
If you are an accredited ScrumMaster, your career options will suddenly become much more attractive, as many software companies will hire a ScrumMaster to oversee their teams who are only just learning about Scrum. Scrum Master training involves a two day course, in which the developer learns the basics of how to oversee the implementation of Scrum.
The PO is a vital part of the Scrum team, as this person plays the role of the customer, making sure the overall objectives are not pushed to one side, and the project stays on track. The Project Owner’s role cannot be combined with the ScrumMaster, as each is a very different perspective, and the Project Owner should never dictate how the team solves a technical problem, but is there to represent the client. The Project Owner is responsible for group communication and would typically negotiate funding and schedules, and by liaising with the stakeholder, or the client, he or she will act as a buffer and effectively represents the stakeholder in the process.
A Necessary Certificate
Any software developer that is certified to use Scrum will be much sought after, and with course available for all aspects of the Scrum process, it is possible to become very proficient, and many software development companies would be happy to have you on board.
Software development is in a constant state of change, yet Scrum is a process that has been used effectively for over 2 decades, and with the right training, it can really improve performance.