This article looks to discuss Scrum Product Development and the Agile Frameworks. The article also takes a look at the Scrum Principles and Processes.

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Scrum Product Development and the Agile Frameworks

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The Scrum Framework is an Agile Software Development framework for managing Product Development in an iterative and incremental manner.  Scrum is one of the fastest growing management methods today, because of its flexibility to adapt to the delivery of projects and other products and services. Scrum focuses on evolutionary development, early delivery, and continuous improvement, which enables the processes of Scrum to adapt quickly to changing market forces. This is a key principle of Scrum enabling Customers to change their minds about what they want and need while minimizing process waste.

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Scrum Product Development and The Scrum Processes

The key principle of Scrum is the knowledge that the long-term requirements for a product cannot be fully understood at the beginning of the project.  Changing business environments can be caused by many factors, from environmental, to technological, regardless of source the team needs to be flexible enough to adapt to these changes.  Traditional project management approaches such Waterfall are rather less adaptive to change and respond slowly.  Additionally achieving the benefits of the Scrum Framework can be realized by understanding the Scrum Framework better through knowledge of the underlying principles, processes, and aspects.  

Scrum Product Development and the Scrum Principles

The Scrum Principles are then:

  • Empirical Process Control and Self Organising Teams
  • Team Collaboration and Prioritisation of High-Value Features
  • Time-Boxing and Iterative Development

Then the Scrum processes are as follows:

  • Requirement Elaboration and Design
  • Development and Testing
  • Integration, Documentation, and Approval

 

Scrum then focuses on the highest priority Tasks and these Tasks are then prioritized and fully developed and tested.

Scrum Product Development and the Advantages of Scrum

Incremental product delivery reduces the time to market and may also result in increased product revenue. Delivering incrementally also allows the development team to easily change the project scope or direction at any time.  The product owner is responsible for facilitating changing requirements, and they may do so providing that the project deadline and budget remain fixed variables. The product requirements, however, should remain flexible.  Furthermore, anticipating these changes in advance is a contributing factor to a successful project.

Furthermore, there are many additional advantages of Scrum including:

  • Customer Feedback is early and continuous
  • Reduced Product and process waste
  • Daily clarity on progress

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