As we already discussed in the latest part before, Scrum is a framework for iterative, incremental development using cross-functional, self-managing teams. It is built on industry best practices, lean thinking, and empirical process control.
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Scrum is optimized for high yield product management and product development. Scrum is particularly appropriate for high risk, complex, large projects and can be used when other parts of the endeavor are hardware or even waterfall development. However, it’s the fact that Scrum is not easy to adopt. This article will look at some points why Scrum is hard for Enterprises? When you start working on a project which will be developing software, you will quickly discover that the development methodology used will have a major part to play in the speed and quality of the code developed.
Since Agile Scrum methodology is so widely used it is important that you understand the advantages and disadvantages of it so that you are able to determine whether it is the best fit for your project deliverable.
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The possibility of success?
First of all, the reason that more organisations start taking difficult at Agile and Scrum adoption is that we, as an industry, may have lost the trust of the business. The cause that we have lost the trust of business is that we (IT industry) have proven time and again that we are:
- Unable to deliver on time
Agile Scrum is one of the leading causes of scope creep because unless there is a definite end date, the project management stakeholders will be tempted to keep demanding new functionality is delivered.
- Unable to deliver on budget
If a task is not well defined, estimating project costs and time will not be accurate. In such a case, the task can be spread over several sprints.
- Unable to deliver what the business need
In order to help a Development Team adopt Scrum there are three things that they will need:
Whether this is formal training or in-house adaptive training it is crucial that everyone attain the same level of understanding of the target operating model and they can then understand what it means to them. This is the reason that I created the Scrum Foundation course. It is a level setting course that is designed to put the team on the right track from the start.
Once a team starts implementing Scrum they need a little extra help. While teams that have no on-going Scrum Mentoring do succeed at Scrum, more often they fail or take a really long time to adopt. With a Mentor that is able to answer questions and attend the Sprint Review and Retrospective team are more easily able to adapt. This mentor does not need to be full-time, but available to answer questions when the team has them.
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Sometimes, Scrum is hard to adopt and disruptive to your organisation. It will shake things up and you need the dedication and commitment to follow through. Things will get harder before they get better and it will be hard for the organisation to change on many levels.
- There will be clashes between the business and IT as the Business asserts control over what is built and when. This is a critical process and as the Development Team builds trust with the Business the rest of the IT hierarchy will feel more and more isolated until it adapts and gets stuck into the process as well.
- Individuals will worry about their job security as things change around them until they begin to understand the niches available and which ones fit them.
- Individuals will be challenged and upset by the mixed messages they get as the understanding of the scope of change takes place within an organisation.
- Metrics will change as trust is built up between Business, IT and the Team. Certain metrics, measures and gates will start to change and often disappear as the reason that they existed (distrust) starts to be eroded.
In summary, Remember it is not EASY to approach Scrum, your teams are not used to this process and your business is only beginning to understand the benefits. A team consists of people under pressure to do their best. Conflict is natural and the team needs to know how to deal with the conflict and have resources to draw on when needed.
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