Scrum knowledge may be helpful to non-technical individuals entering internet or software based startup space.

Scrum is a software and product development framework. This article will focus on the application of scrum to software development. Scrum framework enables teams of 3 to 9 developers to work on the development of the software as a whole instead of adopting traditional sequential software development approach. At the beginning of the project a Backlog is created. The backlog serves as a master tasks list that need to be accomplished for the completion of the project. The Backlog is dynamic document that changes as the customer requirement changes. Tasks from the backlog are broken in to actions that are completed in a certain time limit called sprints (usually two weeks).

Entrepreneurs without any technical backgrounds starting an internet or a software based startup are often advised to get Scrum certification. If entrepreneurs do not have time to work through scrum certification, then Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka’s 1986 Harvard Business Review article titled ‘The New New Product Development Game’ and Jeff Sutherland and J.J. Sutherland’s 2014 book titled ‘Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time’ should suffice to help the entrepreneurs grasp the necessary elements of scrum framework.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of some of the traits of scrum framework the beginners and non-initiated;


  1. Scrum aims to optimise teamwork instead of focusing on individual performance,
  2. Scrum framework focuses on flexibility and short-term planning,
  3. Software development is based on tangible results produced, and
  4. Scrum tracks project completion in terms of units of tasks completed instead of units of time spent.

 

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