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Top 10 Reasons to Adopt Scrum

18 November 2014


Why should I -- or my organization -- adopt Scrum?

Here are 10 good reasons:

1. Scrum is a well-proven, clean, and lightweight framework.
I use Scrum because it is an Agile framework widely used across various industries, especially in the software development sector. In the last decade, industries speedily began moving toward Scrum, due to its flexibility in dealing with changes and its encouragement of innovation. Recent research suggests that 60-80 percent of software industries are now adopting Agile.

Scrum is a lightweight framework with defined roles and ceremonies. Its success lies in its continuous feedback, enabling an incremental and iterative model.

2. Scrum enables a continuous delivery model.
Delivering with a seamless flow: One of the essential reasons to adopt Scrum is to deliver in consistent increments. This iterative model uses a small cycle called a sprint, in which small, workable product increments are added to the main product. This continuous stream empowers a finer coordination between IT and business.

Right on time to market with essential features: The quicker to market, the fewer demands to contend with, along with better return on investment. While the Waterfall model treats every deliverable as a solitary bundle, thus not considering single increments, Scrum works through continuous deliveries. These keep clients updated on a regular basis.

Delivering just-in-time, high-priority business needs: Economic situations are constantly unsteady because of technology changes and high customer demands. Business needs likewise change according to geographical and political prerequisites. Scrum helps deliver on high-priority needs to meet those changing demands.

Concentration on quality, with zero imperfections: By embracing practices such as continuous integration and test-driven development, Scrum helps control defects during the continuous build and integration phase of the sprint cycle. This demonstrates a superior quality and thus an enhanced productivity.

3. Scrum leverages continuous inspection and feedback.
Quick examination and early introspection: One of the best reasons to adopt Scrum is the fast examination of deliverables in every sprint cycle. This allows an early period of introspection -- for both product management and the development team, during each sprint -- typically during sprint review and retrospective ceremonies. Therefore it also helps overcome risk. It also helps bring out debate about wrong assumptions in meeting acceptance criteria.

4. Scrum accommodates just-in-time changes.
Adjust quickly to change requests: Scrum helps in quickly addressing all change requests throughout development. While Waterfall uses a change control board for all change requests, Scrum supports a just-in-time approach. In Scrum, the team, ScrumMaster, and product owner act as the Change Control Board, unless there is a specific team in the organization who confirms changes. The product owner describes all potential changes needed during the sprint planning meeting by prioritizing the story. Unless there is fixed scope and schedule, Scrum always embraces changes. Scope is adjusted when the schedule is fixed.

5. Scrum maintains a high level of transparency and predictability.
Transparency plays a very important role in the choice to adopt Scrum. Most development projects offer low visibility until the project outcome is tested and handed over. Scrum helps establish clear visibility of deliverables in every sprint. It's easier to predict the product's success in every short sprint cycle.

6. Scrum lowers possible threats with daily blocker identification.
Another prime reason to adopt Scrum is to flush out risks and dependencies quickly and on a continuing basis. Scrum helps us discuss risk at various layers, such as during sprint planning, daily stand-up meetings, and the sprint retrospective. The ScrumMaster and team determine action items for every roadblock and discuss their impact with stakeholders.

7. Scrum allows for better bonding between business and development.
Two important stakeholders in Scrum are the product owner and the Scrum team (development team). The better the collaboration between the two, the it is easier to adjust high-priority features to maximize return on investment. The product owner is responsible for the success of the product, and the development team is responsible for building a high-quality product on time. Together, the product owner and the Scrum team can make a successful product.

8. Scrum has multiple layers of planning.
Scrum uses three different layers to arrange the backlog items. In release planning, a high-level plan is played out at the product level. Sprint planning concentrates on project-level deliveries, and in the daily stand-up the team plans for the particular day.

9. Scrum maintains team morale.
There is high value placed on the team's decision. Scrum provides priority in establishing a culture of empowering and enabling a self-organized team to take ownership and deliver. The team commits to specific deliveries in each sprint, after estimating during the sprint planning meeting. This culture improves the overall productivity of the team.

10. Scrum enables a substantial shift of cultural and mind-set changes:
  • Embracing just-in-time changes
  • Establishing a high level of transparency
  • Enabling active participation
  • Leveraging a simple delivery framework
  • Minimizing fear of failure through incremental deliveries and early feedback
  • Emphasizing servant leadership
  • Establishing shared ownership
  • Enabling Lean ways of working
  • Improving business clarity by starting with small increments
  • Supporting teamwork
  • Encouraging regular introspection at specific intervals to give early feedback



Opinions represent those of the author and not of Scrum Alliance. The sharing of member-contributed content on this site does not imply endorsement of specific Scrum methods or practices beyond those taught by Scrum Alliance Certified Trainers and Coaches.



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Comments

VijayaKumar Bychapura, CSM, 11/19/2014 5:32:40 AM
It a good article. Able to understand easily why Agile.
Satyajit Sarangi, CSP,CSM,CSPO, 11/20/2014 10:33:53 AM
Well explained about the benefits. Good Insight into SCRUM
Das Jyoti Prakash, CSM, 11/23/2014 6:46:08 AM
Good article. What are the benefits of scrum compared to other frameworks such as extreme programming.
Devendra Pushker, CSP,CSM,CSPO, 12/11/2014 12:16:57 AM
Great article Pratap, Please keep posted these great articles it is really helping us to know more about Agile/Scrum.
Ashish Goutam, CSM, 11/9/2015 1:10:54 AM
Good article, it interprets scrum clearly.

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