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Why use the Scrum framework for your projects?

The Scrum framework is a popular way of working and is widely used in software projects and companies.

More and more people are getting certified as a Certified Scrum Master. Scrum consists of three roles – Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Developers. Reference: “When and why to use Scrum for your projects”, https://medfd.org/when-and-why-to-use-scrum-for-your-projects/

Possible reasons for an organization to decide to implement the Scrum framework, in my opinion, are:

Shortening the time to achieve a result and added value to the developments, through continuous adaptation of the teams to frequent changes in the internal and external conditions of the business environment.

Deliver optimization/increase product value by fostering agility in teams.

Stimulation of effective communication in working groups and between interested parties, with the aim of faster and successful resolution of difficulties that have arisen. Reference: “Why use the Scrum framework for your project and organization“, https://stc-montreal.org/why-use-the-scrum-framework-for-your-project-and-organization/

Search for alternative approaches and solutions in project-critical situations with the help of discussions and continuous debriefing of the results

Encouraging collective action and teamwork within the organization

“Sharding” tasks and development stages to spread them evenly and deliver value at frequent intervals.

Continuous control of the team’s activity and analysis of errors, through retrospection and review of the results and the tools, used.

More dynamic decision-making and encouraging the giving of ideas and suggestions from employees.

I could hardly list all the possible reasons, but in general, organizations would prefer the Scrum approach when they seek to be more agile in new product delivery and decision-making and need to make frequent changes over time. the stages of the project.

Scrum also encourages getting feedback from participants, which increases their engagement in tasks and decision-making, as well as in generating ideas. Of course, one must always keep in mind the extent to which the type of organization and production/product specificities require or allow the application of this framework.

When not to use the Scrum framework

Possible reasons for not implementing Scrum are:

Specific processes that do not allow the application of an agile management and development model – Delegating control and responsibility over projects/processes in the hands of fewer people in senior management positions that apply a rather unilateral decision-making model ( from top to bottom). Reference: “What are the responsibilities of the Scrum Master?“, https://www.businesspad.org/what-are-the-responsibilities-of-the-scrum-master/

Too strict rules and work manuals that do not allow the implementation of quick alternative solutions and the delivery of a result

The reluctance of senior management to ensure transparency in all processes and developments for objective and subjective reasons

Specifics of the technologies used in the organization and product/production cycle, for which different management and development models are valid, not coinciding with those applied by the Scrum framework. Reference: “When to use the Scrum framework in your projects“, https://www.muzonet.com/when-to-use-the-scrum-framework-in-your-projects/

Difficulties in implementing Scrum

Difficulties can be the following from the perspective of senior management:

Insufficiently qualified and motivated employees.

An insufficient number of employees and a large number of tasks of a different nature were delegated to a small number of participants.

Lack of information in the organization to implement the Scrum framework and specialists to implement it.

Specifics of process technology that do not allow flexible decision-making models and frequent changes within new projects/developments, as well as planning the realization of a product in the short term. Source: “Reasons for using the Scrum framework for the organization’s projects“, https://customer-service-us.com/reasons-for-using-the-scrum-projects/

In practice, it should be possible in any organization to approach the Scrum framework, with the proviso that the degree of application and the units where it can happen most effectively are different.

In my opinion, it is easier to use on a large scale for technology, finance, marketing, and innovation companies that develop dynamically, processes allow for quick adaptation and teams are small. Check reference: “Why apply Scrum to your company projects“, https://www.worldforgemagazine.com/why-apply-scrum-to-your-company-projects/

Specific, for example, will be the application for large production organizations, where the planning process is long and limited by technological and institutional requirements, as well as for government structures, medical facilities, etc., where a large number of people are employed and the processes are not so flexible.

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