What are the Benefits of Scrum?
Scrum has become one of the most popular ways to manage a project in any business sector, and in every kind of organisation.
This project management framework is a responsive method for handling projects with continually changing or difficult-to-define criteria. It’s also a perfect choice for project teams that work in a fast-paced environment.
Let’s take a look at the following 6 benefits of Scrum project management to understand a little about how it works. You may also get a sense of why it might be an excellent fit for your team’s next project.
6 Benefits of Scrum Project Management
- Responds Well to Change
Scrum is the most popular sub-set of Agile. Agile is a flexible approach for project management. Scrum is one of the frameworks we use to implement Agile principles.
As Scrum was created by software developers, it is sharply focused on welcoming change. Scrum Teams understand that in today’s fast-paced business environment, change is not only inevitable, but can be a positive thing for the customer.
- Self-Organising Teams
Scrum was inspired by the self-organised way that rugby teams interact while playing. Every member of a Scrum project management team has a clearly-outlined role and set of tasks and responsibilities.
This level of ownership is empowering for the team members, boosting their motivation and confidence. The clear expectations ensure that everyone knows what they are doing and nothing slips through the cracks.
- Consistent Value Delivery
Scrum is designed to deliver value to the customer both early on and regularly throughout the project’s lifecycle.
Scrum projects run in “sprints”, which usually last between 2 - 4 weeks. This means that the goals are more focused on delivering valuable elements of the product, service or other project deliverables early on.
- Communication and Collaboration
Scrum teams have a Daily Standup - a short meeting - every morning. It allows the team members to talk about what they did yesterday, what they’re working on today, and any obstacles that cropped up. This platform keeps everyone informed, avoids overlap of work and ambiguity. It also enables the sharing of new ideas and solutions.
- Better Visibility
Through regular communication and sharing of work, stakeholders have excellent visibility of progress and any potential risks. This provides control of risk, budget, and project scope.
- Continuous Improvement
Time is given at the end of every Sprint cycle for a review and retrospective. Teams examine what worked well, what didn’t work, and assess how they can improve in the future. They then take these learnings and improvements into their next Sprint cycle.