Agile-Scrum in Mobile application development
The Agile is an alternative as compared to traditional project management. Agile approaches help teams respond to unpredictability through incremental, iterative work cadences and empirical feedback. Agilist propose alternatives to waterfall, or traditional sequential development.
Scrum is most commonly used agile framework for mobile application development. Scrum practices “flexible” policy where customer have increased transparency over the existing advancement of the project. Customer can also change the project execution plan in between the project. Scrum creates progress in a sequence of sprints which are time framed for a month or less. In the end of each sprint, review of every sprint is conducted which demonstrates the new function to the product Owner, stakeholders and customer.
Agile Scrum Framework
The Product Owner is the person responsible for management of Product Backlog, writing the user story and voice of customer. He is accountable to maximize the value of the product and work of the development team. Product owner safeguards that Product Backlog is observable to all and authorizes what Scrum team will do in the next sprint.
Development team responsibility is to deliver a potentially releasable “Increment of Done Product” at the end of each sprint. The work done by this team is self-organizing, cross functional such as (analyses, document, design, develop, test, technical communication etc).
Scrum Master is responsible for ensuring that Scrum is understood by the entire team and for removing any hurdles which might affect sprint goal/deadlines. Scrum Master helps in coaching and mentoring agility to the Product Owner and development team.
Sprint Planning Meeting
SPM is time bounded to around eight hours for a month sprint and meeting duration is short for the shorter sprint. In the meeting we discuss what work to be done in this sprint and how we can get this work done.
Daily Standup Meeting
Daily scrum meetings are the most essential part of Scrum Methodology. The team gets organized at the beginning of the day for 15-20 minutes. During this meeting each Development team member explains:
- What did I do yesterday?
- What will I do today?
- What are the blockers in my way?
Sprint Review Meeting
In this meeting, the Scrum Team and stakeholders cooperate about what was “Done” and what is not done in sprint. The outcome of Sprint Review Meeting describes the items we should add in the next sprint from the Product Backlog.
Sprint Retrospective Meeting
At the end of each sprint, the team sits together for an essentially informal meeting. This is called a sprint review meeting or sprint retrospection meeting. Sprint Review Meeting is held after the Sprint Review meeting and precedes the next Sprint Planning Meeting. Throughout this meeting, each team member is asked to identify detailed things team should:
- What we should start doing?
- What we should continue doing?
- What we should stop doing?
Product Backlog in list of user requirements which is kept for the development. It (Product Backlog) is dynamic and constantly changes to identify what the app needs to be suitable, economical and beneficial. It is frequently well-organized by value, risk, priority and necessity, high priority items gets immediate development activities over lower priority items.
Sprint Backlog is list of particular items from the former product for the Sprint. This makes noticeable all the work that Development recognizes as necessary for meeting the Sprint goal. When sprint tasks approximation is done and team is dedicated on sprint backlog items then we won’t add other User story in the sprint.
Agile Business Value / Waterfall
Steps to implement Scrum:
- Get Your Backlog In Order
- How To Estimate Your Product Backlog
- Sprint Planning (Requirements)
- Sprint Planning (Tasks)
- Create a Collaborative Workspace
- Stand Up and Be Counted!
- Track Progress / Daily Burn-down Chart
- Finish When You Said You Would
- Review, Reflect, Repeat
Why does Scrum Methodology for Mobile Application?
1. Agile development fits in the progressing nature of agility
2. After completion of the project agile development delivers the mobile app which might easily fit in your current business requirements
3. Agile development makes more stable and less buggy mobile app
4. In Agile development it’s easier to implement the new features and enhancements which are mentioned in customer feedback.
Teams might accept Scrum because it permits them to better estimates the amount of work involved in a project. Scrum can easily adapt to frequent client changed requirement and fast-paced application market. It also provides the flexibility necessary for modern marketplaces. Scrum can also increase transparency, through daily standups and continuous communication. “Scrum’s focus upon the flexibility, transparency, sustainability, reflection and ability to estimate that the resources is perfectly accorded to the company expectation as agile”.
Before concluding, try integrating “Scrum way” as quickly as possible in the working of your startup. Don’t get delayed by looking at cost, lack of time or human resources. In spite of everything, many organizations have started from scratch and are now professional users of SCRUM. It is mandatory that you understand its importance for structuring your processes and, hence, creating a healthy, structured work environment. Seems as the shortest way for developing any product in a clean and potentially risk-free manner.