Agile Scrum Transformation

The Challenge

The project itself represents a chain of applications that had to fit into the client’s existing IT infrastructure. While the client’s product owners had good knowledge about the core functional requirements, they didn’t know much about things like security, logging, availability, performance, etc. The biggest challenge was to fill in the requirements for the customer organization’s team because it required meeting with a lot of people from different departments. So, a lot of things had to be changed starting from the basics.

  • The team of people somehow new to Agile are difficult to keep progressively moving towards a specific business goal;
  • Introducing the Product Owners and the team with user stories;
  • Co-located Scrum team is more common to ensure good communication and deliver better output than a distributed team;
  • It is essential to allocate time and resources according to backlog work and calculate this capacity of work per Sprint in hours;
  • Allow Time for Bug Fixing along the Way – Many teams find it challenging to create an increment of software and make it releasable, including writing code, performing functional and regression tests;
  • The QA team needs to run continuous integration every day.

Solution

 

 

When using “traditional” approach, the main issue is that in most cases the problems are not detected until the final testing, and the process for revision can be long and expensive. The control over the requirements can create a very inflexible approach that is not prompt for changes, and there is a very limited customer feedback until the final user Acceptance testing. Agile principles are all about being collaborative, flexible and adaptive. It’s built on the premise that the world now changes regularly, and that means software teams no longer have years to bring new products to market.

  • The first thing on the way is to change the organizational structure and company philosophy that is in contrast with core agile values. Switching an organization to start using Scrum requires a fundamental mindset shift that will shake up old habits and transform them into more effective ones. The best thing is to start working with Atlassian JIRA software (Scrum) project that currently is one of the best project management tools available.
  • The Scrum Master helped them to produce the initial product backlog containing fine-grained, estimated user stories for the first few iterations.
  • Based on the velocity, the teams can calculate how many Sprints it would take to deliver all the code.
  • When the plan was approved, Scrum Master sliced the work into stories that could be picked up by the Scrum Teams.
  • The Scrum Teams would now work on the code and the Scrum Master would regularly request for updates and then report this to the steering committee.
  • For members working in different time zones, overlapping hours may be required. In such situations, each member will require video conferencing facilities, desktop sharing abilities and instant messaging software.
  • Encourage developers to hand over smaller chunks of work to testers as they go along as opposed to dropping a bomb at the end of the sprint. While developers are working on codes, testers can simultaneously prepare tests and write automation scripts.

Benefits and Results

Implementing the Agile Scrum methodologies combined with Jira Software, we help the team and organization to work more efficiently, respond to market changes faster and deliver higher quality products in short iterations.

  • Projects are broken to deliver results quickly and accurately.
  • Encourages teams to regularly show off their work and gather feedback so they can adapt to change quickly.
  • Adaptability – an alternative way for companies to manage projects that involve high levels of uncertainty.
  • Time to market – the potential to significantly accelerate the startup phase of the new project.
  • Reduced costs – opportunities to reduce the cost and overheads associated with the project.
  • Customer satisfaction – Produce higher value solution that is better aligned with user needs.
  • Organizational agility – Build much higher levels of collaboration, trust, and shared responsibility.

 

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