How does Scrum deviate from tradition?

June 9, 2014

How does Scrum deviate from tradition?

The emphasis in traditional Project Management is to conduct detailed upfront planning for the project

with emphasis on fixing the scope, cost and schedule – and managing those parameters. Traditional

project management may at times lead to a situation where the plan has succeeded yet the customer is

not satisfied.

The Scrum Framework is founded on the belief that the knowledge workers of today can offer much

more than just their technical expertise, and that trying to fully map out and plan for an ever-changing

environment is not efficient. Therefore, Scrum encourages data-based, iterative decision making. In

Scrum, the primary focus is on delivering products that satisfy customer requirements.

To deliver the greatest amount of value in the shortest amount of time, Scrum promotes prioritization

and Time-boxing over fixing the scope, cost and schedule of a project. An important feature of Scrum

is self-organization, which allows the individuals who are actually doing the work to estimate and take

ownership of tasks.


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