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Scrum in Software Development – Life Cycle and Sprint Phases
In this article, you’ll learn about:
- Key elements, roles & responsibilities in software development phases.
- 4 biggest benefits of software development scrum sprint.
- Which tools and best practices will help you run your development sprints?
Scrum is a framework that allows a team to work together by organizing and managing meetings, tools, and roles. The most important element in scrum is called sprint, a short time period in which the team must work together to finish a set amount of work.
Software Development Sprint: Phases, Key Elements, Roles & Responsibilities
Each software development sprint involves what we’ll call scrum artefacts (i.e. product backlog, sprint goal, sprint backlog) and scrum ceremonies (i.e. product backlog refinement meeting, sprint planning meeting, daily stand-up meeting, sprint review, sprint retrospective).
When you’re starting a scrum project, you’ll want to consider the number of sprints you want to include. Each sprint will last roughly 2-4 weeks. This will help you understand the role of each sprint in accomplishing your goals.
To kick off the project, your Product Owner will create a list of items known as the product backlog. Your Development Team will help decide how many of these ideal items from the product backlog can be developed into each sprint. During your progress meetings, you’ll be able to update each other on any accomplishments or setbacks. Your Scrum Master will assume responsibility for working through any of these obstacles so that your team can continue to work until completion.
Upon completion of the sprint, you’ll either continue to your next sprint, or you’ll be finished with the project entirely. In the case of the latter, you will be ready to present it to your stakeholders.
Scrum Sprint Life Cycle
The Main Benefits of Software Development Sprints
Working in software development sprints offers significant benefits for you and your customers. Here’s how you can reap the benefits of switching to this work style.
1. Fast feedback.
Sprints allow you to iterate products, which lowers product development costs quickly. This is a benefit to you and your customers, but remember, you’re not doing it flippantly. Each step of the way, you’re checking in with your stakeholders through meetings and ensuring that you’re integrating their feedback so that they’re ultimately happy with the final product. Feedback ensures that your product is of high-quality and ideal for customers and stakeholders alike. Which brings us to…
2. Better product quality.
Product quality is inherently increased when you used sprints because you have sprint reviews. You’re constantly evaluating whether your progress is suiting their needs as you’re on a short timeline. The scrum framework and sprint ideology are based on the fact that value can be produced in a shorter time frame. You can provide real progress to customers for their feedback in as short a time as two weeks. When your customer has a hand in the product, it will ultimately result in higher satisfaction and greater product quality.
3. Reduced risk.
When using sprints, there’s an incredible focus on each portion of the project. Because everyone knows what they are doing and should be doing it, problems are spotted earlier and can be addressed faster. Your team is ultimately working together more effectively in the scrum framework than they would be otherwise.
4. Staying on schedule.
When you stay on your sprint schedule, you’re delivering quality products to your customers on a short timeline. This means faster time to market, and as a result, higher ROI. The sprint framework allows you to focus on what you need to do first to stay on schedule and then build out from there to provide even more value for your customers based on their initial investment.
At ASPER BROTHERS, we’re massive supporters of Scrum and breaking up larger work into software development in sprints, which usually lasts 2 weeks. We plan our work around sprints and hold customer calls early in the morning to consider time zone differences to maximize teamwork Executive Brother
Tools to help you run your software developments sprints
Below are four team tools that can help you maximize your software development sprint. Help get everyone on the right page with the right tools.
- Slack: Slack is everyone’s favourite team-oriented office tool right now. It allows you to connect and chat in and out of the workplace. There is no need to bring documents to someone’s desk or walk over to a cubicle when you can drop them in Slack. It’s as easy as that.
- Google Hangouts: Looking for a way to get everyone on the same page? Google Hangouts is the key to success. This tool allows you to chat and video chat so that everyone is up to date, regardless of location. Your stakeholders and customers will never feel so in the loop.
- Harvest: Harvest is a time tracking software that allows you to leave the little things in the workplace. If you felt that invoicing, timesheets, and billing took up too much of your time, then there’s no more of that in your future!
- Jira: Jira is software that allows you to plan, track, and manage your agile and software development projects. Efficiency is right around the corner when you have a centralized place where your team can see your projects.
SCRUM Sprint FAQ
What is a sprint in software development
Sprint is part of the scrum methodology and means iterations during which a specific portion of the software is produced.
How long does a sprint last?
A sprint usually lasts for 2 weeks, but if the situation requires it or the project is unusual, the sprint may last shorter or longer (although it should not).
What is the Daily Meeting during a sprint?
The Daily is one of the most important elements of a sprint. During such meetings, cooperating teams (from the client's and contractor's side), consult on the progress, discuss problems and plan detailed further work.
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