For over a decade, agile methodology has proved to be a panacea to all the developmental ills faced by software developers. This incremental and iterative method of development defined and paved a whole new way to how software delivery worked. This also resolved the glitches and costly deadline misses that regimental methods brought in.
Now, with evolving needs,
Is The Traditional SCRUM Method Sufficient In IT Software Delivery?
Insufficient, mainly because service oriented delivery of software has to see subtle changes; this is primarily with addressing the not so obvious pain points of agile methodology such as constant close collaboration throughout testing, incurring time overheads etc.
Secondly, the price factor of a project incorporating agile methodology is subjective to the process. This again, is primarily because of the scope creep that is addressed throughout the development process and along with it agile methodology brings an ambiguity in pricing due to lack of incremental build.
Advantage Of CI With Agile Methodology
With Continuous Integration (CI) working in tandem with agile methodology, incremental project development is achieved.
As each member of the team integrates number of times a day, these integrations are validated by build that is automated and testing is regressively done to identify errors (if any) as early as possible. This eliminates the need for continuous close collaboration that is otherwise required in conventional agile methodology, thus saving resource utilization time.
With incremental build generated and delivered, fixed pricing model can be tweaked to achieve a common ground with the client.
How STS Does It
In order to eliminate the bottle necks STS does not classify entire project under level of complexity, instead we breakdown entire projects into short stories and then classify those stories under level of complexity. This act helps us reproduce the final deliverable in small individual builds to envisage the value addition.
And also having incorporated agile methodology with continuously integrating builds, we ensure there is no deviation in the builds even if the teams working are in distributed environment.
In conclusion, the concept of Integrating Continuously with SCRUM will enable faster to market by giving the teams the luxury of working in close domain. Hence, every time an integration failure is identified, teams can spring into action with not having to head back to the drawing board to do the root cause analysis.