The scrum, a critical component of an agile development team

At SM360, we are an agile development team. There, we said it.

An agile team? What in the world is an “agile” team?

Well, it has nothing to do with our ability to navigate physical barriers, but rather everything to do with our ability to manage organizational challenges by using a process that allows everyone involved in a project to move in unison towards a common goal.

The agile method’s ultimate goal is to achieve complete customer satisfaction at the end of the contract. That means that from beginning to end, the agile methods makes sure to involve the most important element of the project, the client.

Today, I present to you an agile development method, the scrum!


What is the scrum?

In rugby, the scrum is defined by that moment when all of the players group together to move the ball down the field. In other words, they join together to reach a common goal. This same principle can be transposed to an agile development team.

The scrum, which takes place on a daily basis, regroups all those who are involved in a project. It can be held in a conference room or at a workstation, the location is not important. What does matter is that everyone who will have a role to play in achieving the objectives of the project are involved in the scrum.

The scrum composed of several participants each having a key role. Here is an overview of the critical functions some of the scrum’s participants play.

First, we obviously have the project manager, or product owner, and second, the scrum master. The manager’s objective is to define the key elements of the project and follow up with all to ensure that each step is followed and completed. The project manager also sets the financial objectives for the project.

The scrum master is responsible for making sure the scrum goes according to plan. He or she is responsible for leading the different teams involved and transmitting the good practices of the scrum to ensure that everyone is functioning correctly as a team. He or she is also responsible for removing barriers and serves as a shield against external interference.

Finally, there is the multidisciplinary team that works full time on the project. This team is composed of people from different departments who must complete specific tasks in order for the project as a whole to be completed in a way that will satisfy the customer. Other participants in the scrum are employees who have roles to play at different stages of the project but who do not work on it full time.

The above information is only a brief overview of the concept of a scrum. Now that you are aware of what a scrum is, I invite you to stay tuned to our upcoming articles to learn how to apply the method within your team in addition to discovering what it can do for your company and, more importantly, your customers.

To be continued…