Skip to main content

Being Agile - Almost A Necessity

Neither the client, nor the consultant will be fully aware about the requirements, right from day #1. So, you need to follow an iterative process. You need to work with the client, to understand the requirements, and at times, to make him understand what he need.

A good process to follow in such cases is the Scrum process. In Scrum, you interact with the stake holders frequently, and you improve you product through various iterations. So, you can scope your requirements for various iterations, and each iteration ideally should have deliverables.
Everyone knows that you can't build Rome in a day, and any customer will understand this if you communicate in the right manner.

Scrum is an Agile process framework that allows organizations to continuously direct the project toward early delivery of real business value through the frequent and regular delivery of high quality software. In this way, requirement gaps can be caught as early as possible. Of course, I'm not going to detail the entire scrum process - but wanted to hight light that if used properly, it can really solve a lot of problems later.

As a summary, in Scrum, you have a high level product backlog, and each product backlog entry is splitted to multiple tasks. A sprint is a set of such tasks from one or more product backlogs. The set of tasks for one sprint constitutes the sprint backlog. A sprint has a defined time line and deliverables.

The main roles in Scrum are the ScrumMaster who maintains the processes and works similarly to a project manager, the Product Owner who represents the stakeholders, and the Team which includes the developers.

Read Wikipedia article about Scrum here for a fairly good introduction.

Note - If you are working in Microsoft Team System, you might consider using Scrum for team system here. 


  1. Hii
    how is this Scrum is different from the incremental and prototype models that we discuss in the software engineering.Are those process not suitable for the Agile process

  2. Scrum is surely an iterative, incremental process, but it also goes a step further and defines how the tasks are managed/organized, how the team collaborates etc.


Post a Comment

Please keep your comments clean.

Popular posts from this blog

Top 7 Coding Standards & Guideline Documents For C#/.NET Developers

Some time back, I collated a list of 7 Must Read, Free EBooks for .NET Developers, and a lot of people found it useful. So, I thought about putting together a list of Coding Standard guidelines/checklists for .NET /C# developers as well.As you may already know, it is easy to come up with a document - the key is in implementing these standards in your organization, through methods like internal trainings, Peer Reviews, Check in policies, Automated code review tools etc. You can have a look at FxCop and/or StyleCop for automating the review process to some extent, and can customize the rules based on your requirements.Anyway, here is a list of some good Coding Standard Documents. They are useful not just from a review perspective - going through these documents can definitely help you and me to iron out few hidden glitches we might have in the programming portion of our brain. So, here we go, the listing is not in any specific order.1 – IDesign C# Coding StandardsIDesign C# coding stand…

5 Awesome Learning Resources For Programmers (To help you and your kids to grow the geek neurons)

Happy New Year, this is my first post in 2012. I’ll be sharing few awesome learning resources I’ve bookmarked, and will be pointing out some specific computer/programming related courses I've found interesting from these resources.Also, thought about saving this blog post for my kids as well - instead of investing in these Child education schemes (though they are too small as of today, 2 years and 60 days respectively ). Anyway, personally my new year resolution is to see as much videos from this course collections (assuming I can find some free time in between my regular job && changing my babies diapers).1 – Khan AcademyAs I mentioned some time back, you and your kids are missing some thing huge if you havn’t heard about Khan Academy.  It is an awesome learning resource, especially if you want to re-visit your basics in Math, Science etc.With a library of over 2,600 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 268 practice exercises, th…

Hack Raspberry Pi – How To Build Apps In C#, WinForms and ASP.NET Using Mono In Pi

Recently I was doing a bit of R&D related to finding a viable, low cost platform for client nodes. Obviously, I came across Raspberry Pi, and found the same extremely interesting. Now, the missing piece of the puzzle was how to get going using C# and .NET in the Pi. C# is a great language, and there are a lot of C# developers out there in the wild who are interested in the Pi.In this article, I’ll just document my findings so far, and will explain how develop using C# leveraging Mono in a Raspberry Pi. Also, we’ll see how to write few minimal Windows Forms & ASP.NET applications in the Pie as well.Step 1: What is Raspberry Pi?Raspberry Pi is an ARM/Linux box for just ~ $30. It was introduced with a vision to teach basic computer science in schools. How ever, it got a lot of attention from hackers all around the world, as it is an awesome low cost platform to hack and experiment cool ideas as Pi is almost a full fledged computer.  More About R-Pi From Wikipedia.The Raspberry Pi