By: Kathy Kent Toney, CEO & Founder of Kent Business Solutions
In today's business environment, where things sometimes change daily, it's essential to be on your toes when planning for and executing projects. An excellent tool to help with that is Scrum.
So, what is Scrum? Here's an illustration:
Imagine you're making a delicious soup with a group of friends. Instead of making the entire soup at once, you make small portions of it step by step. Each time you finish a bit, you taste it and see if it needs any changes. You keep doing this until the soup tastes just right.
Scrum is like that. It's a way for teams to work together on a project, like making soup, by breaking it into smaller parts called "sprints." After each sprint, the team checks what they've done and makes any necessary adjustments. Doing so helps the team stay flexible and ensure they're creating something that satisfies the "taste" or needs of the project.
And Scrum offers several advantages over traditional project management approaches. Here are seven key benefits of Scrum compared to conventional project management:
1. Flexibility and Adaptability
Scrum allows for changes throughout the project. If something unexpected comes up or the requirements change, Scrum allows for adjustments to the plan, unlike traditional methods, which often don't permit such adjustments.
2. Faster Delivery of Value
This approach delivers small pieces of a project's value in each sprint, providing early and continuous results. Traditional methods often require waiting until the end of the project for any value to be delivered.
3. Regular Customer Feedback
Scrum involves customers and stakeholders throughout the project, gathering feedback in each sprint. This facet ensures that the project stays aligned with their needs and expectations, which might not happen as frequently in traditional approaches.
4. Risk Management
This framework identifies and addresses risks early through iterative development. Traditional approaches often delay risk assessment until later in the project, leading to more significant issues.
5. Collaborative Approach
Scrum promotes teamwork, cooperation, and communication--within the team and with stakeholders. Traditional approaches may have less frequent collaboration and communication.
6. Continuous Improvement
This project management approach includes regular retrospectives, where the team reflects on what's working and what can be improved. This culture of continuous improvement might be lacking in traditional methods.
7. Empowered Teams
Finally, Scrum empowers teams to make decisions and take ownership of their work, fostering creativity and engagement. Traditional approaches might have a more hierarchical structure with less empowerment.
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