Why Use Scrum?
Why use scrum in software development? Here are some of the key benefits of Scrum in any project are:
- Adaptability: Empirical process control and iterative delivery make projects adaptable and open to incorporating change.
- Transparency: All information radiators like a Scrumboard and Sprint Burndown Chart are shared, leading to an open work environment.
- Continuous Feedback: Continuous feedback is provided through the Conduct Daily Standup and Demonstrate and Validate Sprint processes.
- Continuous Improvement: The deliverables are improved progressively Sprint by Sprint, through the Groom Prioritized Product Backlog process.
- Continuous Delivery of Value: Iterative processes enable the continuous delivery of value through the Ship Deliverables process as frequently as the customer requires.
- Sustainable Pace: Scrum processes are designed such that the people involved can work at a sustainable pace that they can, in theory, continue indefinitely.
- Early Delivery of High Value: The Create Prioritized Product Backlog process ensures that the highest value requirements of the customer are satisfied first.
- Efficient Development Process: Time-boxing and minimizing non-essential work leads to higher efficiency levels.
- Motivation: The Conduct Daily Standup and Retrospect Sprint processes lead to greater levels of motivation among employees.
- Faster Problem Resolution: Collaboration and colocation of cross-functional teams lead to faster problem solving.
- Effective Deliverables: The Create Prioritized Product Backlog process and regular reviews after creating deliverables ensures effective deliverables to the customer.
- Customer Centric: Emphasis on business value and having a collaborative approach to stakeholders ensures a customer-oriented framework.
- High Trust Environment: Conduct Daily Standup and Retrospect Sprint processes promote transparency and collaboration, leading to a high trust work environment ensuring low friction among employees.
- Collective Ownership: The Approve, Estimate, and Commit User Stories process allows team members to take ownership of the project and their work leading to better quality.
- High Velocity: A collaborative framework enables highly skilled cross-functional teams to achieve their full potential and high velocity.
- 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.
Source: A Guide to the SCRUM BODY OF KNOWLEDGE (SBOK™ Guide), 2013 Edition 
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