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  • Last Updated : 04 May, 2022

Prerequisite: Agile and Scrum

ScrumOps refers to a new approach to software delivery, teamed up by Scrum.org and DevOps institute. It is created to transform Information Technology(IT) organizations into the next generation, agile era of working by bringing Scrum and DevOps together.

ScrumOps can be applied to any IT organization, contradicting the beliefs of some organizations that DevOps and Scrum do not work well together. ScrumOps aims to have a path for the teams to continuously deliver secure and working software while measuring success.

Scrum provides a light weighted framework for the delivery of the software. While DevOps provides the culture, automation, and practices to support the delivery of the software. 

ScrumOps = Scrum + DevOps

Scrum: 

Scrum is a framework that is built on the factor that people can address complex and adaptive problems while creatively and productively delivering products that have the highest possible value. Scrum Framework uses an Empirical approach to enable the teams to work in this space and environment.

Need for ScrumOps:

  • Due to the changing minds of the customers about their likes, the projects often change their course and thus present unexpected challenges.
  • It is created with the principle that projects might take unpredictable turns. And in response to that, the developers focus mainly on having a framework in place to quickly respond to the changing requirements in case a major change occurs, instead of trying to perfectly plan and predict every eventuality.
  • Great enthusiasm and ideas are also a factor that brings the DevOps and Scrum teams together. And, businesses and individuals need to know that both are very much essential for an organization to achieve success.

Formation of ScrumOps :

The initial focus behind the formation of ScrumOps was to solve the problem of how we engage the processes and practices of Dev with that of the Ops to help start to deliver the software in a much cleaner, faster and automated flow.

ScrumOps was created as a solution to it.

How ScrumOps Works:

There are some practices that are proven to be effective for ScrumOps:

  • Test First Development Approach
  • Automated Testing
  • Continuous Integration
  • Continuous Delivery
  • Continuous Deployment
  • Product Support
  • Application Monitoring
  • Automated Dashboards

Combined DevOps and Scrum:

When both DevOps and Scrum(Agile) are combined the results are best for the customers and organization. Both DevOps and Scrum reflect the fast pace of the current modern world and help to get a better position or competitive advantage. The advantages of combined DevOps and scrum are:

  • Establishes smooth communication between the team and customer by continual iteration and enhancement.
  • Performing continuous integration and continuous delivery and at last, coming up with a final quality software product that will fulfill the end-user requirements.
  • When Scrum becomes the part of the planning process there DevOps becomes the part of automation and agility.
  • Helps in providing proper information to the IT team about exact requirements so that the final product gets developed effectively meeting customer needs.
  • Not only provides a better product rather during the complete development process, but it also saves time, reduces cost, and increases revenue.  

Advantages of ScrumOps:

Some of the advantages and benefits of ScrumOps include:

  • It improves the development process within the team by maintaining proper transparency between both the parties i.e service provider and the service user.
  • It can quickly adapt to any changes that occur during the developmental process or organizational process.
  • It enables the continuous delivery of secure software by ensuring the success of the organization.
  • It allows us to explore dynamic approaches and come up with an effective solution/service.
  • Scrum makes DevOps more effective, on the other hand, DevOps makes the Scrum teams more agile than before.
  • It finishes the software product development as per the deadline by keeping a proper track of progress.
  • It is flexible enough to work with any kind of IT organization.
  • At last, it provides better quality products to the end customer indirectly by decreasing cost and increasing revenue.

Disadvantages of ScrumOps:

  • ScrumOps requires the same cooperation from the Agile development team and DevOps team, if there is any lack of commitment and cooperation between both teams then it becomes a problem to progress with product development.
  • When the team is less experienced in working with Scrum and DevOps principles then it becomes very challenging to work in this environment. Even a very large team also adds points to the sync-up problem.
  • When the ScrumOps members do not play their roles properly then it calls toward compromising quality and excuse for multiple failures.
  • Sometimes organizational and technical transition may create a problem for project development even if it is flexible to adapt to changes. 
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