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What Scrum Is and Why It Works for Startups

Situation

Let’s say that you have an idea and all you need is somebody to make it real. You spend money to put your expectations in specification, find a team to live out your project, wait due course and then…

Oh, wait.. Isn’t it something you expected to get? But you described it..you thought it was clear.

What could possibly go wrong?

  • A lot of time was spent to make correct specification, but then new ideas had emerged. It was too late for changes in both the specification and the product, isn’t it?
  • Or the team understood your task in their own way?
  • Or maybe you just did not use scrum to launch the startup?

But thanks Goodness we have just imagined such a situation. We hope you read this article before running your own project, so you’re able to avoid a nuisance like this.

What about scrum? What is this and how does it work?

Scrum is a well-established and widely practiced agile project management methodology. Many software engineers and project managers practice Scrum, but still some of them may not know the exact definition of it.

Backlog instead of Specification – is a doc with requirements, expressed as a prioritized list of product backlog Items. One backlog item is a unit of work small enough to be completed by a team in one Sprint iteration.

Sprint iteration? An iteration of work during which an increment of product functionality is implemented. The whole development process goes step by step, where step is a sprint (sprint by sprint).  All the functions that must be implemented on each sprint are fixed (and cannot be changed during the sprint). They are broken down into tasks which have own estimates and priorities.

Classical Scrum assume that sprint fixed duration usually ranges from 2 to 4 weeks with its daily meetings, depending on the experience of team.

The result of each sprint is fully tested project, which implements all the features of previous sprints + functionality of the current one. E.g. that you get ready and totally usable product after every sprint, can judge it, make corrections and suggestions.

Scrum in persons= Product owner (holds the vision for the product) + Scrum Master (helps the team best use Scrum to build the product) + Development team (builds the product)

Scrum in actions:

To conclude:

So what do you get using Scrum?

Quick launch of your project with the highest priority features and the lowest possible budget. You hold total control of the work progress and more flexible control over the project budget.

Can it be recommended to you in case you want to stay informed on every step of development?

Absolutely yes.

Still have any idea but not sure how to make it come true with Scrum?

Let us know, we’re aware of agile so we do know how to deal with it

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Vira Nikitenko

Vira Nikitenko

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