What is Scrum and why does the Allianz Global Digital Factory use it?
Scrum is a working method used by many startups, but does it work in one of the biggest companies, too?
The word scrum might sound strange at first, but it is actually a word from the football industry.
Today, it is one of the most popular frameworks used in the agile project management and even offers an official guideline, the Scrum guide (PDF download: 0,5mb).
Software engineers are not the only ones who can benefit from this guideline - every project that faces complex tasks can use this method.
But how does agile project management with Scrum work at the Allianz GDF?
To answer these questions, it is important to first understand every role in a Scrum context.
Scrum follows specific rules, which were defined in the agile manifest in 2001.
Nota bene: It says that rigid timetables, insufficient communication, and a follow-the-plan mindset do not lead to successful projects. On the contrary, it claims that success can be reached by maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of teams, which is achieved by adapting to every change and focusing on working software and collaboration.
How does Scrum work?
Scrum determines three different roles, which can be adopted by one or more persons:
The Scrum team, the Scrum master and the product owner.
Equally important are the stakeholders. Although they are not defined as an explicit role within this method, it is still crucial to success to designate them.
The traditional project manager is thus not needed anymore.
Scrum is getting more and more popular. And that is not surprising. Its clear distribution of roles and its easy structure enables its principles to be adopted quickly and used efficiently.
This agile project management working methods fits perfectly into the Allianz GDF. Due the fact that the GDF enables digitizing Allianz companies, it is important that it works quickly and precisely. In fact, the GDF has 8 different customer journey to take care of. For this reason, it is necessary to have a working method that is flexible and suitable, easy and iterative.
Additionally, it provides a good overview of the overall factory progress in delivering various use cases, enabling Allianz entities worldwide to bring a better value to their end-customers as well as expand their customers base.
At the same time, it provides an internal learning platform, where knowledge is the most valuable asset. Due it's points of intersection on the one hand and all insights which the GDF gets on the other hand, Scrum also promotes the progress of improvement of it's own working method to become the perfect solution for the factory. Read here an article from our Head of Development, Des Field Corbett, about how we approach Scrum at the GDF to make working at the Factory not like working at a factory.
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