How to Deliver High Value Software Features in a Short Time Period using Agile Scrum Process

What is the Agile Scrum (Sprint) Process?

Before getting into the details of this topic, it is important to understand the basic meaning of ‘Agile’, ‘Agile Development Process’, ‘Scrum’ and ‘Sprint’.

The meaning of the word Agile is “able to move quickly and easily.” The same applies when it comes to software development. Agile is a method of project management (mainly Software Development) that is characterized by the division of tasks into short phases of work and frequent reassessment and adaptation of plans.

How to Deliver High Value Software Features

Agile Scrum (Sprint) Process

There is an Agile manifesto that says what approaches do and don’t work for software development.

Any development process that follows the concepts Agile manifesto is referred to as Agile development. Scrum is nothing but one such process only. It is a light-weight process framework for Agile development.

Scrum is a software development process based on Agile methodology. We can say that it is a subset of Agile. In today’s rapid world, stakeholders want an immediate return on their investments. They don’t want to wait for long periods to get the fully-featured product.

As a result, nowadays new Software Development and Testing frameworks are catching momentum i.e. Scrum approach. In Scrum, projects are divided into small tasks that are to be developed and tested in specific time-frames called a Sprint (small cycles).

Literally, the word Sprint means ‘run at full speed over a short distance’. The same concept applies here. In Sprint, we aim for rapid completion and review of specific planned tasks while maintaining high quality at the same time. The Agile scrum team is handled by the Scrum master.


Scrum is an iterative and incremental framework for projects, products and application development. Scrum has become a more and more popular software development and testing framework among organizations.

Many small to large-sized IT companies have embraced the Scrum framework as this creates excellent quality products in less time than other traditional methodologies like waterfall processes.

This framework can save both the company’s time as well as money. It significantly increases productivity and reduces time to benefits relative to the other processes of software development. It also allows organizations to cope up better with the change.

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Having had a basic idea of the Agile Scrum(Sprint) process now, let us move towards having a look at the soft skills that can help you in delivering high-value software features in a short time period.

Soft Skills for the Scrum Team

What Soft Skills are required for a Successful Scrum Team?

When we start our regular (Agile) sprints (Cycles of work), we usually find some of the challenges with our team members. These challenges are not part of the technical difficulties. It usually occurs with the team member’s mindset or their soft skills.

Many successful Scrum projects have taught us that the success of a scrum depends on how team members are supported wholeheartedly towards Sprint.

Let’s discuss some of the pre-requisite soft skills for the Scrum Team.

Team Spirit


Cross-functional teamwork is at the heart of Scrum.  There is no “my work”, “I have finished my work” and “your work”. In a Scrum team, we find people saying things like only “Our work”, “we have completed our Sprint”.

Individuals will have a helping tendency for sharing technical knowledge. Scrum Members are always available to team members rather than being locked away behind closed doors.  Scrum Master will always motivate the teams and create a Supporting Learning Environment.

The team will always be sprint-oriented and often discuss the smooth run of the sprint. A scrum team’s job is to self-organize around the challenges and the management’s job is to remove impediments to self-organization.



Good communication must exist among the team members of the development team, testing team, business analysts and stakeholders. There must be a highly collaborative interaction between the client and the delivery teams.

More client involvement implies more suggestions or changes from the client.  It implies more bandwidth for communication.


Commitment is one of the core scrum values.


Agile Teams need periodic re-energization to renew their commitments to their purpose and to each other.  Scrum Masters can help by ensuring that the team embraces the concept of whole-team responsibility and whole-team commitment to deliver working software at the end of each sprint.

With the whole team commitment, the team member who has completed his tasks will help the one who has not yet completed so that hopefully each team finishes the assigned tasks on time.

Problem Solving

Scrum does not simply focus on developing just any type of end product.  Instead, the Scrum method allows the team to focus on creating a product that fulfills the customer’s highest value priorities which are defined by product owners.


Transparency or openness among team members and management gives a real momentum to the scrum team.

Scrum Master encourages people to ask for help, surface roadblocks, and give recognition to those who help others and solve problems. At the same time, Scrum Master also understands the time wasted and the impact on the team when individuals sit ideally or ignore problems.


Scrum Result

If the Scrum team follows the above said soft skills, the team velocity will tend to increase significantly.  In turn, customers will appreciate the results or updates and also can react quickly to any potential problems.

The team can deliver high-value software features in a short time period and the team can contribute towards changing business conditions.

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About Author: J.B.Rajkumar is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) with rich experience in the Agile/Scrum framework. He has worked as Corporate Trainer, Project Lead, QA Manager and QC Manager. He has implemented Scrum in no. of projects in his current organization.

He is a frequent speaker on Agile/Scrum for International Conferences, Colleges, Universities and Software Industries. He conducts training on Scrum and Agile Testing.  Presently he is with Automation Practice, one of the top MNCs.

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85 thoughts on “How to Deliver High Value Software Features in a Short Time Period using Agile Scrum Process”

  1. Hi
    This is really innovative information for me and other aspirant .I would like to give my sincere thanks for a lot information about Agile Testing

  2. This is very nice article. Thanks a lot

  3. can anybody tell me what is meant by CSS testing

  4. can anybody tell me what is Rational Clear case and where we use in testing.

  5. Please tell me about clear case?

  6. sir,
    Hw would u say tat this process is better than other process… can u pls giv me an example

  7. Very Informative but i have a clarification here

    Do we have “Risk” in Scrum(Agile)? if so how mitigation is handled ?

  8. Very Nice Article.
    i have a small confusion that, in this process how ca we reduce the project delivery time line. Phase by testing may increase the time line.

  9. Nice Article, just one quick question, what if one or more items are incomplete (development or testing is in progress) in a sprint and next sprint is ready for execution?

  10. Hi
    Nice article.I need a answer for how a day starts in an agile scrum process? please.

  11. I appreciate the effort taken by Mr rajkumar to highlight the salient points of agile testing and its advantages for general benefit.I am a marketing person with 25 of expertise and interested in an environment which encourages team work, which has become redundant these days. For want of corporate concept the companies are having problems to survive.
    great work. Thanks

  12. I appreciate the effort taken by Mr rajkumar to highlight the salient points of agile testing and its advantages for general benefit.I am a marketing person with 25 of expertise and interested in an environment which encourages team work for optimum out put, which unfortunately has become redundant these days. For want of corporate concept the companies are having problems to survive.
    great work. Thanks

  13. can u pls tell me the methodoligies and the process that is involved in scrum testing in brief.

    thank u waiting for ur reply

  14. Can scrum have minimum or maximum members?

  15. very good article, can anyone has real time examples ???

  16. Hi,
    How to Performed security testing of basic levels in the Finance Tracker application??

    If someone help me..


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  18. how can we handle regression piece in agile methodology

  19. i find this article and the posts by Mr Raj Kumar extremely helpful since we are adopting almost everything mentioned here like agile method/sprint/scrum etc.but i need inputs regarding the most modern trends/additions to agile methodology so that we can adapt what suit us from among be clear we are looking for information regarding hiw can the projects be streamlined(more)and estimates and risk reduction done more effectively.finally is agile mpre suited for product testing/services…Thanks

  20. Good information about agile methodology

  21. Its good information but too many companies are not following any of these methodologies..

    Thanks for posting

  22. can you please tell us some test scenarios for regression testing,smoke testing,sanity testing and UAT

  23. Scrum/Agile wat ever u call it has become a slavery nowadays.. team was heavily loaded and they need to work extra time to complete the tasks so that we cannot think of working on. previous sprints..

  24. Thanks for all the comments and the knowledge sharing related to scrum. Can anyone guide me on TDD(Test Driven development). I would like to know in detail about the test driven development in Scrum Methedology. Thanks in advance for your answers.

    Best Regards,
    Harihara Prasath

  25. I want to know about working of Agile Model in Testing and its related term .Kindly review me as soon as possible.

  26. @sugar Seen that most of the time scrum master push too much stories ( tasks) into a sprint. A good scrum master would prioritize the stories to be developed for the sprint broken into sub-tasks. And then keep some of the other tasks in the parking lot. If during the sprint all the stories are completed, then items from the parking lot is picked. Refer Kanban model of agile for details.

  27. @rimjhim there is no concept of separate testing in agile. Development & testing go hand in hand. While developers do coding for the task (story), testers write test cases. Once story developed, anyone from the team can execute test cases.

  28. The explanation is clear. But from my understanding: Scrum testing we test the modules soon as it it done with the development. Actually with Unit testing also we do the same. We take a separate unit or functionality and validate it.

    please correct me if I’m wrong: Is the Scrum testing and Unit testing more or less the same?

    How can we differentiate between Scrum and Unit testing?

  29. Agile testing methodology is automation or manual we can test?

  30. Absolutely brilliant, thanks.


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