Benefits of Using Scrum
Anybody who has a complex project can benefit from using Scrum.
Scrum was founded in the technology and software industries, but there are no limits to where Scrum can transform the world of work. Scrum and other agile frameworks have the power to transform project management across every industry in every business.
Scrum is not unproven hype. Scrum has been used to manage work on complex products since the early 1990s. It’s a solid and successful framework that’s been applied to a variety of projects and teams. In fact, Scrum is by far the most popular and widely used agile framework.1
How Scrum Helps All Industries Manage Change
Teams that use agile frameworks like Scrum discover how to react more quickly and respond more accurately to the inevitable change that comes their way. And by staying focused, collaborating, and communicating, teams can accomplish what truly needs to be done — together.
Universities use Scrum to deliver valued projects to clients. Militaries have relied on Scrum to prepare ships for deployment. In the automotive world, Team Wikispeed is using Scrum to build a fast, affordable, ultra-efficient, safe commuter car that should sell for less than $20,000.
Companies that have adopted an agile framework like Scrum report the following benefits:
- Increased ability to manage changing priorities
- Better visibility into projects
- More alignment between business and IT
- Faster time to market1
So whether you’re working on the next smartphone app, managing logistics for a store, or planning a charity event, you should take a closer look at using Scrum.
How an Agile Framework Like Scrum Works
As mentioned in more detail on About Scrum and Definition of Scrum, Scrum is an agile framework that helps companies meet complex, changing needs while creating high quality products and services. Scrum works by delivering large projects in small chunks--bite-sized product increments that a cross-functional team can begin and complete in one, short timeboxed iteration.
As each product increment is completed, teams review the functionality and then decide what to create next based on what they learned and the feedback they received during the review. These frequent inspect and adapt cycles reduce waste and minimize risk. The teams also inspect their use of Scrum, looking for ways to improve. At the end of each timebox, teams begin a new iteration until they deliver the complete product or service, or until what they have released so far fulfills customer needs.
1 VersionOne 12th Annual State of Agile Report
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