Seven Kingdoms of IT: ScrumOps as the attempt to revolutionize software delivery

Loads of great things in software development have been done over the course of decades. Along with all the achieved benefits, several self-sufficient kingdoms emerged on the IT arena. Here you can find separate territories with their proponents: Scrum masters, Lean loyalists, Automation and DevOps pros, CI/CD adherers, Security top guns and folks in Service Management space.

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With so many scopes of activity, software building and delivery has to be a well-oiled machine, though, in real life it turns out that many business processes undergo replication and drown in controversies. The wise solution here is to stop competition between the kingdoms to get the sit on the Iron Throne and start building bridges.

The recent initiative aimed to bring two territories together is the appearance of ScrumOps, which may sound itself as a surprising buzzword. It pairs Scrum — meaning Agile — and DevOps — meaning continuous delivery — together. Some heavy-hitters in the Scrum and DevOps world believe that ScrumOps could open the door to more efficient automated software delivery. Here are four things we know about it so far:

1. ScrumOps is a method for improved software delivery

Scrum and DevOps are not at odds. Instead, according to Scrum.org, the combination of the two systems into ScrumOps can help IT teams continuously deliver secure software with improved tools for measuring success.

2. Scrum and DevOps can be paired together as a complete solution

Some of the complaints about DevOps is that it lacks direction. Scrum, on the other hand, doesn’t have a well-needed foundation for scalability.

Paired together, ScrumOps can help Scrum teams release software more efficiently by providing a scalable foundation, while Scrum can help drive DevOps teams more effectively towards tasks. In other words, Scrum provides a lightweight framework for software delivery, in the time that DevOps offers the culture, automation techniques, and tools designed to ensure that delivery.

3. Big players in Scrum and DevOps are collaborating to bolster ScrumOps

Jayne Groll, who runs the DevOps Institute (DOI), and Dave West, the CEO of the training organization Scrum.org, announced a strategic partnership between their two organizations at the DevOps Connect event in Dallas this past April. West said that it was a “total misconception” that DevOps and Scrum couldn’t combine to create the complete software development strategy.

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Source: Slideshare

We aren’t entirely sold on ScrumOps, but we’re excited about its possibilities. If ScrumOps proves to be a solid framework, Ciklum will be on it. Our experts are always acquiring new knowledge to bring to our Fixed Project teams. If you have a goal in mind — for example, implementing ScrumOps at your company — Ciklum team can help you reach your project goals with more flexible staffing, a fixed cost, and a dedicated project manager.

Thanks for reading! Any questions about Scrum or DevOps? We’d be happy to help on Twiter @Ciklum or email us directly.

Originally published on Ciklum Blog on August 11, 2017.

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