Scrum vs. Waterfall

Changes That Occurs When Moving from Waterfall to Scrum

by Pete R.

Are you thinking about the changes that occur when a company shifts of Scrum? In today's advanced world, the previous approaches for software development are unviable. Though waterfall practice is perfect for quality assurance teams, they are moving towards Scrum technique. The primary purpose of shifting from waterfall to Scrum is to speed up the process while maintaining quality.

Several changes occur when the company moves from Waterfall to Scrum. In this post, we have lighted the top variations. Have a look!

Continuously deliver a complete product

Since the Waterfall is a traditional approach, it requires a strict hierarchy, a sequence, and documentation. The stages include planning, designing, performing, testing, and deploying. Mostly, there are more stages in the Waterfall. However, moving onto the next stage is not possible without completing the previous stage. This also means going back to the last step is impossible.

However, this is not the case in Scrum. The stages in Scrum involves, setting a goal, deciding sprints, providing product increments, adjustments, planning the next sprint, and repeat the process. You can easily change the things done in the previous stage. It is because this approach is flexible and doesn’t require a strict structure.

Allow and encourage changes

In the Waterfall approach, detailed requirements are gathered in advance. It means if the information is missing, it will result in a failure. Moreover, this even complicates the problem as a change in knowledge is not possible. In case something goes wrong, you will have to start from scratch again.

As far as Scrum is concerned, requirements are gathered in the start and they can change in between the products. When it comes to accommodating changes, it is elementary. In this approach, the changes can be made in the previous stages as well.

Working close with the client and end users

In the Waterfall approach, the client is not involved throughout the project. In the beginning, requirements are offered by the customer, and it’s their only involvement. For the rest of the process, the customers work as an observer. The customer will see the end product after all the work is done. So, there is a considerable risk that the final product might not meet the requirements of the customer.

On the other hand, in Scrum, the customers stay involved in the process from the beginning until the end. As the team is working on the product, the intermediate product is shown to the customer at the end of a sprint. During the process, the customer provides feedback, so the end product is according to their requirements. You have to keep in mind that the priorities might change after the sprint.

A Bottom Line

In the end, these are changes that a company has to go through when shifting from a waterfall approach to Scrum. Through Scrum, clients can give their feedback after every sprint so you can deliver an end-product that is following the requirements of the clients.


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