Is talking about agile methodologies the same as talking about Scrum?
It is common to hear this question because scrum is based on the principle of continuous improvement, in short, the essence of agile methodology. However, there is an important difference, but let’s start by first defining what we mean by Scrum.
Scrum is a framework that enables collaboration between teams for project management. It is a process in which a set of best practices are systematically applied to work collaboratively and achieve great results.
It is mainly used in the software industry, although there are currently many companies in other sectors that implement it, especially those inserted in a dynamic business environment. In this sense, with the use of this method, teams learn through experiences, adapt to changes (often unforeseen) self-organizing and reflecting through daily meetings where obstacles are analyzed. This methodology considerably improves control over the course of the project.
So the main difference with agile methodology is that agile is associated with a broader “mindset” or set of guiding principles, while Scrum uses a specific set of rules to get the job done. As a tool, Scrum establishes the steps to implement the application of agile methodology principles in the realization of projects.
What are the characteristics of the Scrum method?
As mentioned above, this method is the most suitable for projects immersed in highly dynamic and changing environments, which require a significant reduction in development times, but of course without neglecting quality. Its main characteristics are:
- The development strategy is incremental (instead of complete product planning and execution, regular partial deliveries of the final product are made).
- The quality of the result is based on the tacit knowledge of the people in the self-organized team (rather than on the quality of the processes used).
- The different phases of development overlap (rather than being carried out one after the other in a sequential cycle).
- It includes a series of meetings, tools and functions that, in a coordinated manner, help the team to structure and manage its work.
- The teams are led by a Scrum expert (Scrum master) who helps to manage the processes, optimize their transparency and ensure delivery flows.
It is noted that Scrum is adaptive, iterative, incremental, fast, flexible and efficient, designed to deliver value quickly and throughout the project. It is very popular today because its principles are applicable to all types of teamwork.
At Macrotest we use this method to incrementally develop projects, substantially reducing risk, bureaucracy and working closely with the responsible users. We are waiting for you to develop your projects and bring out the full potential of our teams to provide you with perfectly functional and adaptable solutions.