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Why is Scrum so Popular?

January 10, 2018


Google indicates that Scrum usage and training has gained popularity over the last 10 years, gaining substantial popularity from 2011 onward


Scrum encourages iterative, data-driven decision making in which the primary focus is on delivering products that satisfy customer requirements. To deliver the greatest amount of value in the shortest amount of time, Scrum promotes Prioritization and Time-boxing. An important feature of Scrum is self-organization, which allows the individuals who are actually doing the work to take ownership of tasks. Some of the key benefits of using Scrum in any project are: Adaptability—Empirical process control and iterative delivery make projects adaptable and open to incorporating change.


1. Transparency—All information radiators such as Scrum Boards and Sprint Burndown Charts are shared, leading to an open work environment.


2. Continuous Feedback—Continuous feedback is provided through the Conduct Daily Stand-up, and the Demonstrate and Validate Sprint processes.


3. Continuous Improvement—The deliverables are improved progressively Sprint by Sprint, using the Groom Prioritized Product Backlog process.


4. Continuous Delivery of Value—Iterative processes enable the continuous delivery of value through the Minimum Marketable Features process as frequently as the customer requires.


5. Sustainable Pace—Scrum processes are designed such that the people involved can, if necessary, work at a pace that can continue indefinitely.


6. Early Delivery of High Value—The Create Prioritized Product Backlog process ensures that the highest value requirements of the customer are satisfied first.


7. Efficient Development Process—Time-boxing and minimizing nonessential work leads to higher efficiency levels.


8. Motivation—The Conduct Daily Stand-up and Retrospect Sprint processes lead to greater levels of involvement and empowerment among employees.


9. Faster Problem Resolution—Collaboration and colocation of cross-functional teams lead to faster problem solving.


10. Effective Deliverables—The Create Prioritized Product Backlog process and regular reviews after creating deliverables ensures that customers get the deliverables they want.


11. Customer Centric—Emphasis on business value and having a collaborative approach to stakeholders ensures a customer-oriented deliverable framework.


12. High Trust Environment—The Conduct Daily Stand-up and Retrospect Sprint processes promote transparency and collaboration, leading to a high-trust work environment ensuring low friction between employees.


13. Collective Ownership—The Approve, Estimate, and Commit User Stories process empowers  team members to take ownership of the project and their work, leading to better quality.


14. High Velocity—A collaborative framework enables highly skilled cross-functional teams to achieve their full potential and high velocity.


15.  Innovative Environment—The Retrospect Sprint and Retrospect Project processes create an environment of introspection, learning and adaptability, leading to an innovative and creative work environment.



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