As our world continues to grow and we discover new ways of improving processes, projects and processes that may have once taken years can now be done in months or even weeks. Whether it is assembling an automobile or the mobile app development process, technology has helped us to work faster and with greater efficiency. However, not all progress in this area is due to a technology, but a way of thinking. One such framework is known as the Scrum process.

Over the last few years, Agile development has become a common practice for teams from software developers to project managers. In fact, almost three-quarters (71%) of organizations report using Agile approaches sometimes, often, or always. As technology continues to progress, this number is only expected to increase and methodologies like Scrum and Kanban will continue to grow in popularity.

Since the Scrum process is one of the most effective Agile approaches, we have put together this article on how exactly it can benefit your organization. Once you see the benefits of Scrum and take a look through our beginner’s guide, you will be well on your way to transforming your business for the better. With that in mind, let’s first take a look at the current state of development and the problems therein.

Problems with current state of development

For those who are not included in the companies currently using Agile development processes, software development can seem like a daunting task. Although there are other methodologies outside of the Scrum process, they are typically set up in a Waterfall style, meaning tasks have to be done in sequence. Although this does work for certain projects, software development requires more transparency and collaboration than these methodologies allow.

What often happens is these development teams become frustrated with inefficiency along with the other problems that go along with it. These problems include high costs, a delay in delivery, and ultimately a group of dissatisfied end-users. Unless these processes change, these teams will not last long in an increasingly competitive market. Thankfully, the Scrum process is here to help.

How the Scrum process helps

Built upon the efficient and user-focused best practices of Agile development, the Scrum process seeks to alleviate the problems of software development in a few different ways. First, by working with ‘sprints,’ the Scrum development process is divided into these short 1-4 week periods in order to maximize the team’s use of time. Within these sprints, team members are able to choose the tasks they want to complete and work on them individually, while meeting with the team daily to review goals and assess progress made.

These daily meetings are vital to the success of the project, as the product owner can make adjustments based on the needs of the end-user, creating a better product through iterative development. Having this collaborative nature as a cornerstone of the Scrum process leads to better discussions through honest and transparent communication. Something that leads Agile projects to be 28% more successful than traditional projects.

In order to help you improve your own Scrum process, let’s take a closer look at a few of the main benefits of Scrum development we just mentioned.

Lower costs

The first major area where Scrum makes a significant difference is in regards to development costs and return on investment. While it is obvious that a shorter project would cost less than a drawn out one, Scrum can also lower costs by making the most of each team member’s time. Since Scrum sprints are planned out well in advanced, teams can make better use of each of their resources, including developers.

The Scrum process can even help save money when projects fail. By taking time to analyze the need in the market as well as running more efficient projects, even when they fail, they fail faster. This may not seem like a good thing, but it allows you to move on and start something new. So even when you fail, the Scrum process can help you out.

Reduced time to market

On top of reducing costs, the Scrum process reduces the time to market as well. This is something that will only become more valuable to organizations as technology progresses. When new tech is introduced on a daily basis, you need to get your product out there as soon as possible in order to avoid obsolescence. The Scrum methodology can help you do that.

So far, this probably sounds too good to be true, especially when we talk about creating an exceptional product on top of low costs and less time in development. This might explain why of failed Agile implementations, 63% of respondents in one study blamed the clash between their business’s culture and Agile’s business philosophy. Those who are used to the old way of doing things may be resistant to the Scrum process, but at this point the benefits far outweigh any argument against.

Focus on providing value to users

Arguably the best part of the Scrum process is the focus that it places on the end-users and driving value to them throughout the entire development process. In other development scenarios, there may be some market research done at the beginning, but then changes are made throughout the process that get off the original track. Whereas in Scrum, developers often have no idea what the end product will look like.

Instead, the Scrum process involves the knowledge of a product owner, someone who has a good gauge of what users are looking for out of this product. It is the product owner’s job to keep the focus on the user experience no matter what. This may lead to more research and time spent on the project, but when compared with other methodologies, the end-product is worth the extra effort.

Creating a better process for everyone

When it all boils right down to it, the Scrum process is designed to create a better process for everyone. The developers are more interested in their jobs when they get to choose what they work on. The team as a whole works more efficiently and with greater zeal for their project due to open and honest communication. And the users benefit from receiving a product that is built around their needs and values.

Unless your own project management framework can say the same, it’s clear why the Scrum process has become such a popular mechanism for companies trying to gain an edge. The best part is that you can start incorporating these best practices at your own organization today. So, what are you waiting for? Get started today!