The concepts of Scrum, with a basis in the Agile Manifesto, are far from new topics. Is your organization proper to adopt Scrum, though? Will you attain benefits from the adoption above and beyond what you get through traditional, Waterfall project management practices? Knowing whether or not Scrum is right for your organization is essential before you pull the trigger and re-work everything you and your teams do.
Where Scrum Makes Sense
Where does Scrum make sense for organizations? Scrum makes sense if you have projects that are taking longer than you would expect, or are missing the mark regarding customer needs upon deployment. Projects big and small can all benefit from Scrum, no matter the size of the organization.
Scrum makes sense where you need transparency and where you want to deliver value, as quickly as possible. With Scrum, you are organizing groups of individuals with varying skill sets, both on the information technology and business side, bringing them together to fulfill a common goal. Scrum makes sense when having these folks in the same room at all times, and driving towards incremental goals is a value-add.
Scenarios of Scrum Positivity
There are many scenarios where Scrum makes a lot of sense for organizations. An organization may be developing a smartphone application that allows users to place orders, check on order status, change things, etc. In Waterfall, a team would gather all of the business requirements known at the time of their creation, and then begin to develop with those as a basis. What happens if those change before deployment? Changing in Waterfall is hard and what may happen is, you deploy something that no longer meets the needs of customers.
The same scenario in Agile would allow for incremental delivery, figuring out what the most significant feature a user needs is first. Maybe there is the most value in allowing a user to check on the status of an order they made on a desktop? You could develop and deploy that, get feedback on the user interface, and then adjust as you go-forward and layer on more features. If things change, you adopt the change in the next Scrum Sprint and work basis is the priority.
No Halfway With Scrum
It is scenarios like the above where Scrum makes sense for organizations. The trick of it, though, is that there is no halfway with Agile. You cannot do half Scrum and half Waterfall, because if you do, then neither of the methodologies will work as design and waste will spark up.
When you go through an Agile transformation in your organization, you have to train, really learn the principles of Agile and Scrum, before you begin to form your squads and carry out the work from one Sprint to the next. Going into it halfway or not fully understanding what Scrum is and the impact it will have on your organization will lead to sure failure.
Is Scrum right for your organization? The likely answer is yes, especially if you have ever had software development where it either misses the mark, endures delays, or blows budgets, which we all have before. Scrum helps to fight all of that, delivering incremental value with numerous deployments over a period. As the implementations take place and functionality roll-out happens, value perception and weighing occur real-time. If it is hitting the mark, carry forward with the next set of functionality and value delivery. If not, adjust on the fly in the next Sprint, so you begin to get closer to the bullseye. Be sure to update your Sprint Backlog Scrum can work and benefit every organization, as long it is adopted in full.