I remember when my Quality Management lecturer gave us a small class test. She said – ‘Write down what you know about SCRUM, the roles , the advantages and everything.” I was shocked, SCRUM? What the heck is SCRUM? Is this one of those fancy terms in this Quality Management Course? Before I knew it, a friend sitting next to me started writing down things about SCRUM on a paper and it dawned on me that they had been taught SCRUM earlier in the course when I was not a member of the course ( Why I joined late to the course is a story for another time 🙂 ) .
As time went by, I got the grips of SCRUM and I loved and mastered the concept so much that the same friend that was writing things down the other day started to call me “SCRUM Master” . For business students and business owners who came across this post in search for the understanding of SCRUM, am sorry for the banter! I do this alot, I promise to go straight to the point on the next paragraph.
SCRUM is a methodology used in developing a product ( or service ) where the highest priority is to satisfy the customer and provide value through early and continuous delivery of valuable
software product. I striked the word “software” out because i think alot of people always associate SCRUM with only software development, I believe it can be used for not just only software but products and projects as well.
Interesting fact about SCRUM is that it is a blow to the face of the traditional methods used to create products where the specification and requirements needed for the product is gotten from the customer from the beginning and the next time the customer is contacted is when the product is “done”. Customers are not fully involved in the product development process, isn’t the product not supposed to be for the customer? Then why is not involved in the development process? Am shocked as well!
As the business world moves towards a more “Customer Centric” approach of creating and delivering products and value, smart businesses are beginning to emulate the SCRUM agile method in creating products and this has led to the up rise in the demand for individuals with knowledge of SCRUM and has also led to new and fancy job tittles springing up everywhere. You will hear John or Jenifer saying I am a – “SCRUM Manger” or “SCRUM Master” or “SCRUM Expert” or any other fancy tittle they can come up with. Durrh! This post is not to give you the “all in all” of SCRUM because that means John and Jenifer will go out of business but its aimed at enlightening the the small business owners and hustlers / entrepreneurs on what SCRUM is, the advantages of using SCRUM methodology in their business.
If you recall from the tittle of this post, I said “Create Amazing Products & Team With SCRUM” , but up to this point I haven’t talked about the Team part of SCRUM, only the product. I got carried away. SCRUM doesn’t only enable a business create and deliver amazing quick and continuous value to their customer but also creates an atmosphere in the company where team members are cross functional ( Everyone does everything. Although they may be more skilled in one field but they work together to achieve the project goal ) and self motivating ( they know their roles and do them without being “policed” ).
There are roles in SCRUM that every SCRUM product development process should entail and on the next page, I will talk about them and give you the guns needed to understand and start using SCRUM in your business to provide value, create products your customers really want to use and create an amazing team environment.