- Agile Methodology
As your company starts to grow and gathers more people, it becomes more challenging to stay on top of things and manage them. Estimations fail, clients demand more from us, and we do too.
Enter project management systems. Methodologies allow us to predict what will happen in a project, thus allowing us to tackle them proactively.
Welcome to the story of how we adopted -and adapted- Scrum as our project methodology, and the wins we had from it.
Scaling a business without structured planning is a disastrous experience. We needed a better management system that was not only agile but also lean.
There are aspects such as the work process we had, our teamwork, and all the day-to-day organizational issues in the office.
We chose Scrum as the base for our project management framework to take advantage of its flexibility and make it our own.
This framework is the most useful for team collaboration on complex or simple products. Scrum helped us have clear team roles, documented processes, and cleaner contact flows with our clients.
A better method of work helps us reduce time by unifying all the task management into one person, the Scrum Master.
Having a Scrum Master has helped everyone focus on their tasks without day-to-day management problems.
The result? Our productivity raised by 30%.
Scrum is all about making the best efforts in a short period. We started using a time-tracking app (Toggl) to estimate full projects based on our previous experience with similar tasks.
This way, we can now estimate precisely how much a project will take. Before Scrum, our estimates suffered a variation of 40%; this has decreased to 15%.
Communication with our clients now flows like water.
Having set and unified communication channels make our job a breeze. They allow us to be aware of information at the same time and use fewer ways in the meantime (hooray for optimization!).
Applying Scrum as part of our process helped us work relaxed, have happier clients, and our results are the best we’ve done in a while.
Keep in mind that deciding to adopt Scrum is just the beginning. It would be best if you were committed to the change and make decisions that lead to adoption.
You won’t see the results right away. Changing work methodologies that have been in place for (probably) years is no easy feat, but if you follow the rules, you’ll get results in due time.