We would all like to complete our projects on time, on budget and on scope. Agile software development frameworks have been embraced by many pursuing those goals, and for good reason. In its 2011 CHAOS Manifesto report surveying the success of software projects between 2002 and 2010, the Standish Group found that projects based on the traditional waterfall methodology succeeded 14 percent of the time, whereas agile-based projects had a success rate of 42 percent.
I am one of those project managers who have found that agile methods fulfill their promise. Specifically, I have had great success with Scrum, a 25-year-old, agile, iterative development framework that has gained most of its industry adoption in the past decade. With Scrum, you think differently, you collaborate differently, you perform differently -- and you succeed differently. Is Scrum a magic bullet for all problems? Of course not. But Scrum is a focused, value-based option, one that could add insightful transparency, periodic inspection and incremental adaptation to your software projects.
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