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Scrum and Agile are the keywords for innovative project management. Scrum as an agile framework helps you to structure and prioritize complex projects. In addition, your team is constantly evolving. This leads to a better cooperation of the team, the development process is improved and the quality of your product increases. All in all, Scrum promises an effective and fast project process. Nevertheless, there are many prejudices against Scrum. You can read here what they are and why they are myths.

The team works agile with Scrum

Scrum gives you a framework for your team to work transparently and to improve continuously. By splitting a large project or product into smaller parts, your team can prioritize and work on the sections and deliver a workable result. Each result is followed by feedback loops regarding the product and the way it works. The findings from these meetings are used to work on the next parts. This allows the team to deal with the problems flexibly, optimise its working method and make faster progress overall.

An overview of how Scrum works:

  • Easy to understand and quick to implement
  • Growing team cohesion – requirements and problems are solved within the team
  • Short communication channels within the team
  • High flexibility
  • High degree of self-organisation
  • Transparency of the project process through regular meetings
  • Rapid development of working increments
  • Continuous improvement process through feedback
  • Quick identification of problems and obstacles
  • Effective mode of operation

5 Scrum myths and their revision

Scrum is a simple and good way to increase the effectiveness in your team. But this is exactly the crux of the matter. Many a project manager who works according to the “proven waterfall principle” does not trust the Scrum principles. Because he may have heard that a project has failed or he is suspicious whether a team can really work without hierarchical structures. Here, prejudices lead to not applying these new working methods. We are happy to dissolve the most common prejudices against Agile or Scrum:

  1. Scrum is not appropriate for large projects
  2. A team cannot work without leadership
  3. Scrum is a disorganized working method
  4. Too much time is lost in meetings
  5. The overview of the duration and budget until completion is lost

1. Scrum is not appropriate for large projects

The agile working method shows its strength especially in complex domains. Because Scrum is used to break a project or product down into small individual parts. These parts are prioritized and completed one after the other accordingly. You can use this method for any product development, no matter if software, hardware or services. It does not matter whether the product is small or very complex and extensive.

2. A team cannot work without leadership

This Scrum criticism is admittedly a challenge in practice. After all, several people with their own personality work together independently. They should work on the product transparently and equally. This can lead to friction. But Scrum offers solutions for this as well. Because with every meeting, problems and difficulties in product development, in the working method or within the team are revealed. From these insights it must find ways to master them. The Scrum Master helps. He is there for the team as a „Servant Leader“ and is at their side during the entire product development.

3. Scrum is a disorganized working method

Scrum has clear rules and principles, which are clearly defined in the Scrum Guide. However, these must be applied consistently. Scrum can only lead to success if the agile working method is accepted and disciplined. The Scrum Master is also there for this. He knows the processes and his team. If necessary, he coaches it and strengthens the acceptance for agile working.

4. Too much time is lost in meetings

To Scrum belong regular meetings, the Scrum Events. These are necessary in order to improve continuously and increase effectiveness. The meetings have a fixed time frame and are held at fixed times. The Scrum Master makes sure that the time frame is adhered to. Through his moderation and organization, the meetings are short, effective and goal-oriented.

5. The overview of the duration and budget until completion is lost

The opposite is the case. After each sprint, an increment or partial product is completed and can be demonstrated to the customer. In addition, after each sprint, feedback is given on the working method and the product. This allows problems to be identified immediately and can therefore be solved more quickly. The results of the feedback loops can be used to calculate how much a sprint costs and whether the targets can be met. This in turn allows good predictions to be made about the overall budget and duration.

Conclusion

Most judgments against Scrum or Agile arise from ignorance or misuse of Scrum. The method is simple to implement and easy to learn. Why does Scrum still not work in some projects? Because there is a lack of disciplined and consistent implementation. But with a good Scrum Master this challenge is no problem.

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