Why Scrum?

Why to adopt Scrum methodology in your business?

The easiest way to answer the question “Why Scrum?” is through the presentation of Scrum advantages, as well as benefits for companies which adopt the Scrum methodology in the product development process.

Advantages of the Scrum Methodology

Traditional development methodologies are designed only to respond to the unpredictability of the external and development environments at the start of an enhancement cycle. Such newer approaches as the Boehm spiral methodology and its variants are still limited in their ability to respond to changing requirements once the project has started. So, the question is what are the advantages and the benefits of adopting Scrum methodology?

The Scrum methodology, on the other hand, is designed to be quite flexible throughout. It provides control mechanisms for planning a product release and then managing variables as the project progresses. This Scrum advantage enables organizations to change the project and deliverables at any point in time, delivering the most appropriate release.

The real benefit of Scrum is that it points out successes and failures during a development process, and gives the organization a chance to rise to a higher level. Continuous inspection and adaptation, as well as total transparency, is the reality.

The Scrum methodology frees developers to devise the most ingenious solutions throughout the project, as learning occurs and the environment changes. Small, collaborative teams of developers are able to share tacit knowledge about development processes. An excellent training environment for all parties is provided. This Scrum advantage can be called human continued involvement.

Object-Oriented technology provides the basis for the Scrum methodology. Objects, or product features, offer a discrete and manageable environment. Procedural code, with its many andintertwined interfaces, is inappropriate for the Scrum methodology. Scrum may be selectively applied to procedural systems with clean interfaces and strong data orientation.

One more Scrum advantage is fast visible results. While the first Sprint is usually very challenging to the team, the benefits of Scrum tend to be visible by the end of it, leading many new Scrum teams to exclaim: “Scrum is hard, but it sure is a whole lot better than what we were doing before!”

Benefits for adopting Scrum

Scrum is an agile method designed to add energy, focus, clarity, and transparency to project planning and implementation. Today, Scrum is used in small, mid-sized and large software corporations all over the world.

Properly implemented, Scrum will provide the following benefits:

  • Increase speed of development
  • Align individual and corporate objectives
  • Create a culture driven by performance
  • Support shareholder value creation
  • Achieve stable and consistent communication of performance at all levels
  • Enhance individual development and quality of life

Scrum Values

All work performed in Scrum needs a firm foundation of values for the team's process and principles, as well as understanding of the benefits for the whole organization which adopt this agile methodology. With its emphasis on teamwork and continuous improvement, Scrum both creates those values and relies on them. The values are focus, courage, openness, commitment, and respect.

Scrum Values and Benefits

  • Focus. Because we focus on only a few things at a time, we work well together and produce excellent work. We deliver valuable items sooner.
  • Courage. Because we are not alone, we feel supported and have more resources at our disposal. This gives us the courage to undertake greater challenges.
  • Openness. As we work together, we practice expressing how we're doing and what's in our way. We learn that it is good to express concerns so that they can be addressed.
  • Commitment. Because we have great control over our own destiny, we become more committed to success.
  • Respect. As we work together, sharing successes and failures, we come to respect each other and to help each other become worthy of respect.

If an organization will let Scrum do its work, everyone involved will discover the benefits and will begin to understand why Scrum both engenders and relies upon these values.

The Agile Manifesto

The Agile Manifesto values apply directly to Scrum:

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools.
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation.
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation.
  • Responding to change over following a plan.

Read more about Agile Manifesto and Agile software development in order to better understand the basis of Scrum and principles of this methodology. More Info

What’s Wrong With Traditional Software Development?

In order to better comprehend Scrum and its advantages, and reasons for implementing it in your business, please learn more about the drawbacks of the traditional software development. More Info