Scrum is a hugely beneficial approach to managing software development projects; however, for the team to be successful it must adhere to the core values and principles enshrined in the Agile Manifesto. If Scrum processes are followed properly, then the team will experience the “Enabling Eight.”
- The team is more likely to produce functional, high-quality software, because the team’s aim is to deliver working software and not just to complete the development activity.
- An iterative and incremental development approach will enable the team to better cope with the changes that occur when modifications are demanded by stakeholders as the project progresses.
- Less documentation will enable the team focus more on developing software than on maintaining records.
- Frequent Sprint reviews as well as practices such as the Product Backlog, Daily Scrum Meetings and Burn-down charts enhance greater visibility and transparency of progress and reduce risks.
- Regular feedback from the customer will help the development team refine the software by incorporating the suggested changes and delivering high-quality software.
- Close, face-to-face communication among team members will boost cooperation resulting in better teamwork and in increased productivity.
- A change-oriented approach will help the team to inspect and adapt the important features, thereby evolving the overall product as the development process proceeds.
Regular Sprint reviews as well as practices such as burn down and velocity will enhance customer satisfaction, which is crucial to any software development activity.