Offshore software development: How does Scrum best work in the process?
There are many Agile methodologies to choose from when conducting an offshore software development project: Kanban, Lean, Six Sigma, Scrum, etc. But what are those methods in detail, and what are the differences of each one?
In this article, TECHVIFY Vietnam will introduce you to one of the most common terms in offshore software development, the Scrum process.
What is Scrum?
Scrum is an Agile project management methodology that allows for rapid development and testing. This offshore software development method is significantly suitable for a small team.
As an implementation of Agile, Scrum breaks down a large software project into smaller, more manageable tasks. By doing so, the Scrum method allows clients to review each part of the project individually. In this way, it offers a more flexible approach to software development.
Scrum is known as an ideal project management framework in offshore software development that is applicable to any project with aggressive deadlines, complex requirements, and a degree of uniqueness.
In Scrum, projects move forward via a series of iterations called sprints. Each sprint is typically two to four weeks long.
By emphasizing productivity, focus, and collaboration, Scrum teams build high-quality deliverables quickly and can more easily adapt to change.
What are the components of a Scrum process?
The main components of Scrum Framework are:
- The three roles: Scrum Master, Scrum Product Owner, and the Scrum Team
- A prioritized Backlog containing the end-user requirements
- Scrum Events: Sprint Planning Meeting (WHAT-Meeting, HOW-Meeting), Daily Scrum Meeting, Sprint Review Meeting, Sprint Retrospective Meeting
Scrum Master: The Scrum Master is the one who’s responsible for the team’s performance by helping them use the Scrum process, removing impediments to progress, protecting the team from outside, and so on.
Product owner: The product owner is the project’s key stakeholder. Product owner usually is someone from product management or marketing, a key stakeholder or a key user, who will represent users, customers, and others in the process.
Scrum team: A typical Scrum team has between five and nine people. Everyone on the project is empowered to complete the set of work they have committed within the 2-4 weeks of a sprint.
Product backlog: The product backlog is a prioritized features list containing every desired feature or change to the product.
Sprint planning meeting: At the start of each sprint, a sprint planning meeting is held to determine the timeline. The WHAT-Meeting focuses on the scope of a Sprint, whereas the HOW-Meeting focuses on how this scope will be implemented.
Daily Scrum: Daily Scrum is a brief meeting that helps set the context for each day’s work and ensures the team stays on track. All team members are required to attend the daily scrum.
Sprint review meeting: At the end of each sprint, the team demonstrates the completed functionality at a sprint review meeting, during which, the team shows what they accomplished during the sprint.
Sprint retrospective: This is a meeting at the end of each sprint, during which the team reflects on how well Scrum is working for them and what changes they may wish to make for it to work even better.
How does Scrum work in an offshore software development process?
When a customer comes to the team for an offshore software development project, based on their requirements, the final product is broken up into individuals to prepare for the Scrum process. The pieces are prioritized and tackled into sprints. Teams can determine their own sprint length, as long as it’s less than 4 weeks, usually is one to two weeks. At the start of each sprint, the team selects some amount of work from the product backlog and commits to completing that work during the sprint.
At the end of each sprint, the team produces a potentially shippable product increment. Transparency is a key principle in Scrum, so teams and stakeholders review the results of each sprint together in Daily Scrum. During these 15-minute meetings, people will report what they accomplished yesterday, what they plan to work on that day, discuss their progress and any impediments to completing the work for that sprint. Daily Scrum ensures everyone’s on the same page about priorities and deliverables, and any adjustments can be made right away.
In summary, Scrum is an offshore software development methodology that is most suitable for small projects. Select a compatible method can save business owners loads of money and time. By knowing how a Scrum process works, businesses can make better choices when working on an offshoring project.
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