Who can use Scrum?

December 13, 2012
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Being an Agile approach, Scrum is highly flexible (pun, probably intended); that is, it can be stretched and bent to fit any project’s requirements. It is best suited for projects that require splitting a huge and an unplanned project into manageable chunks of work based on business priorities. As such, it can be used for any project system and by any team.

Scrum really shows its agility in projects that exhibit one or all of the following characteristics:

A. When one is working on a project where scope is changing rapidly and new requirements are emerging every other day, Scrum’s iterative and incremental model of development permits modifications to be made to the project system rapidly and responsively.

B. When there is no consensus on a particular project management approach, the team can adopt Scrum, because its combination of some of the best and most pliable project management principles will help everyone be comfortable.

C. When there is marked ambiguity and indecisiveness on how to get software developed per industry requirements, the increased productivity and decreased risk rate that comes with Scrum makes it the logical choice.

It can certainly be said that Scrum is an ideal project management approach for software development projects. When being swept off your feet with its attractiveness it is good to keep certain points in mind before zeroing in on Scrum as the project management approach for a particular project. First, Scrum is not a method, but an approach, a process tool, for managing the software development activity. Secondly, there are certain core values that must be observed in letter and spirit so that using Scrum can optimize results in better teamwork, enhanced communication, and quicker results.

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