Let’s talk about Scrum
Various stories about Scrum are flourishing on the net. Some are positive, others aren’t. We wanted to know exactly how our consultants experience working with this method, so we asked them. Let’s talk about Scrum.
Cut into bite-sized chunks
‘The fun thing about Scrum is you actually created something after a sprint. It’s finished!’ One of our system integration consultants is clearly enthusiastic: ‘Scrum has a short horizon: a sprint is finished within three weeks. After this period, you’ve delivered an actual functioning product. The short scope forces you to cut projects into bite-sized chunks, which makes the corresponding project less arduous. Within our integration teams we especially notice this when we have to build something substantial, such as integrations between a website and a webshop. When you hear about this request for the first time, you’ll probably think: ‘OK, that’s gonna be a big one!’, because you have to link all kinds of systems and applications. But Scrum forces you to cut the project into smaller tasks; with this method, you have built a minimal viable product within three weeks, after which you can further expand this base. Our teams benefit greatly from Scrum. It allows them to work efficiently.’
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Perfect planning between teams
So far, all is good. But our consultants also see deficiencies regarding the Scrum method. ‘We find that Scrum is a bit tricky when, for example, we work with a client who does not work with Scrum or does not want to cooperate with this way of working. If the Scrum method is only applied by our integration team and not by the customer, while several departments are involved in the project, the method can be less efficient: it increases the chance of schedules not being perfectly aligned. Also, when different projects run side by side, you have to make sure not too many Scrum teams arise at the same time. If this does happen, it could be difficult to coordinate the work between the teams. At inQdo, we make sure this doesn’t happen: we consult regularly about our tasks and by doing so, we keep everything under control.’
Tip: join a Scrum training
‘Overall, I find Scrum a very clear and pleasant working method. I would definitely recommend other companies to use it. One tip: join a Scrum training and discover the rules of Scrum. At inQdo, we had two Scrum training sessions and they were great. The first training was an introduction in which all terms were explained. During the second training we learned how to apply the general Scrum rules to our team. A training like this creates lots of clarity and prevents unnecessary discussions.’
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