Automaton stays agile with Scrum

Automaton stays agile with Scrum

iStock_000012908927XSmall?People over processes?

It?s no secret that the quality of a product depends largely on the quality of the team behind it. At automaton, we decided a few years ago to adopt an Agile Development Methodology called Scrum to improve the effectiveness of how our teams develop and deliver software solutions. In short, Scrum has revolutionised the way we work, and continues to inform and inspire our teams on a daily basis.

Scrum was developed as an alternative to the hierarchical project management model, which favours processes and documentation, and longer-term development projection. Scrum, on the other hand, uses a self-organised team model, and face-to-face collaboration, to develop and deliver software in increments – which means its teams are more flexible in responding to a rapidly changing market place.

At automaton, our Scrum teams comprise of a Product Owner, a Scrum Master, and Designers and Coders. The Product Owner represents the client and is responsible for ensuring the team delivers a quality solution. The Scrum Master is responsible for making sure the methods of Scrum are followed and the planned output after each ?sprint? is delivered. The teams draw its priorities from the product backlog and work in two-week sprints. So, for example, instead of working to a timeline of 6 months to deliver a product, after each two-week work block the customer is privy to a shippable product.

While we have adopted Scrum methodologies, it might be interesting to note that we don?t use it in its purest form. Instead, we?ve shaped the model to suit our business, which we believe is a more effective way to apply it.

Jelena Curcic, Scrum Master at automaton, has been ?scrumming? since March this year. Jelena has become a champion for Scrum because she?s experienced first-hand how its application inspires her team and produces better results.

Jelena: ?Scrum is like being in the now, that?s how I think about it. It?s not hidden. It?s all in plain sight. It?s a very open forum that you receive feedback from. It?s all about expecting, producing and changing, just really trying to produce the best product in the shortest amount of time that works. We?re not sitting here with heaps of documentation on how it?s going to look when there?s a risk that everything might change and become redundant ? It?s people over processes. I?m so passionate about Scrum that I actually use the methodologies at home.?

Please join us next week on automaton ?updates? when we outline the direct benefits of Scrum to our business and clients.