7 Key Benefits of Adopting Scrum in RPA Projects
In this article, take a look at some benefits of adopting Scrum in RPA projects.
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RPA (Robotic Process Automation) is a process of automating Business Operations processes using software robots, wherein the processes being automated are repetitive in nature and are based on rules. RPA projects are slowly adopting Scrum Methodology for its benefits.
The length of an RPA project can vary anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months, sometimes beyond that as well. Due to this varied duration of projects, we often think RPA projects cannot be benefitted by adopting an Agile Scrum methodology. But in basic nature, RPA projects are like complex web-development projects.
Similarities between RPA and Web-development projects:
- Requirement not fixed — In a web-development project, customers often do not have a complete future vision of the product. Their vision develops as the development progresses. This is quite the same as the RPA projects, where the customers do not have a complete vision of how the final automation process should run exactly. Sometimes the customers are new to the idea of an automated process, and in such cases, this requirement gap is more visible.
- Incremental delivery of functionalities — In an RPA project, the incremental delivery of an automated process is possible just as it is possible in a web development project.
- Development Lifecycle — The development lifecycle in both cases is almost similar. They both involve phases of requirement gathering, planning timelines, development, testing, UAT, live deployment, and post-deployment maintenance and support.
We are familiar with the benefits of implementing Scrum methodology in web development projects. Seeing the similarities between RPA and web-development projects, we can say RPA will be benefitted from implementing the Scrum methodology.
Benefits of Implementing Scrum in RPA Project
- Reduced Cost of Delay — Working on RPA projects in the waterfall method, leads to UAT by customers at the end of the development lifecycle. This leads to a lot of change suggestions by the customer at the end of development. Sometimes changes are so big that they require a complete design change in the original development work. By adopting Scrum, we can deliver the product incrementally, and incorporate the changes much sooner, at the end of each increment. Thus, reducing the cost of delay.
- Reduced UAT timelines — Involving customer feedback much earlier in the project, incorporating changes according to the customer feedback, results in reduced time spent during the UAT.
- Higher morale for the development team — Achieving smaller goals of each Sprint, while working towards the bigger goal, keeps the development team motivated. Smooth development, happy customers, reduced miscommunication, are other reasons which keep the morale for the development team high.
- Improved quality — In the Waterfall method the developers are sometimes forced to make quick fixes at the time of UAT to meet delivery timelines. Quality of the delivered RPA code can be improved by making changes early in the project timelines.
- Increased Customer collaboration — By adopting Scrum, delivering the product incrementally, and asking for customer feedback at the end of each Sprint, we involve the customer much early in the project timelines. The customer thus feels more involved during the development process.
- Satisfied Customers — Increased customer collaboration, better visibility into projects, reduced UAT timelines, and on-time-delivery results in more satisfied customers.
- Easier to meet timelines — Reduced UAT timelines, incorporating changes due to customer feedback sooner, and delivering functionalities incrementally makes it easier to meet the delivery timelines.
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