Scrum Makes Sense For Startups: Part One

If you’re just getting your startup off of the ground and you’re looking for a way to maximize your results in the least amount of time, you have a lot of options. While you could go the standard route of having your entire team work on one problem until it is solved and then move on to the next one, there is a way that allows you to break a goal up into smaller pieces that can be tackled simultaneously by smaller teams.

The Scrum framework is an agile project management framework that takes all of a project’s requirements and breaks them down into pieces that can be completed by a team within a short amount of time. The benefits to using the Scrum methodology are many, and in this blog we will cover why Scrum can be a good idea for some startups, especially those startups that are trying to build physical products or create software.

If you’re looking for a way for your team to effectively learn the agile framework of Scrum, get in touch with us at Big Orange Square. We have years of experience helping teams learn the process of iterative product delivery through personalized programs built just for you and your team. Our hands-on classes are the most effective way to get ahead of your schedule while still delivering the highest quality products.

Learning The Scrum Framework

While Scrum sounds like a spectacular way to work, many people are confused about the basic steps. Part of this confusion may lie in the fact that instead of having rules that apply to every possible situation, Scrum is actually a much more malleable way of approaching your work than it is a list of hard and fast rules.

Instead of thinking about Scrum as a rule book, try thinking about it as conversations with a philosopher. While books are great (they’re fun to read and full of knowledge you might not have), they don’t answer you when you ask questions and they don’t change when the outside world changes. Thinking of the methodology as a conversation is more helpful because a conversation not only teaches you something in a way that is similar to a book, it also teaches you how to think and how to teach yourself. Because a conversation with a philosopher adapts and molds around the give and take between ideas, it is infinitely more flexible and helpful than an inert book.

One of the most important things that you will learn when you attend one of our agile Scrum classes, is that Scrum will help your business adapt to design and build challenges much more quickly than you would be able to following regular design and build procedures. By breaking the process into small pieces and tackling several of them concurrently, your team will move forward at a rate that is almost hard to believe.

In our next entry, we will continue this introductory discussion of how Scrum can work for your group. Contact Big Orange Square now to learn about how we are bringing Scrum to design and manufacturing.