Scrum

Is it possible to have Scrum and classic Project management hand-in-hand?

by Pete R.

Scrum is the latest technology when it comes to Agile work. Scrum is a project management process. Therefore, scrum and project management is one and the same. Hence, they work together as they are one.

The core function of project management is to ensure that a project is done on a timely basis and it is successful. Similarly, when we look at Scrum, it is the product owner who is responsible for the return on investment meaning that the product owner would play a similar role.

Scrum isn’t a Control and Command Management System

Scrum emphasizes on the need for self-managed and self-empowered teams to work together collaboratively. Therefore, when a team makes a commitment, each member has to own up to that commitment.

Product Owner Provides Guidance

Unlike project management, in Scrum, it is the product owner who will provide guidance to the team on how he would like the product to be done and his desired results. Thus, the product owner helps in setting the defined acceptance criteria for the product and each of the backlog items.

The product owner has the authority to reject a product if it does not meet his satisfaction. This is why scrum is different from project management as the product owner is given such an important role.

Work Together

It is entirely possible for scrum and project management to work together even though both are concerned with different things but can make it work. It is likely for there to be some conflict, but it is possible to work around it. Project management doesn’t apply well for software development as it is traditional in nature, whereas, Scrum provides a framework for it to develop and flourish.

Many corporations use both scrum and traditional project management together in a way to provide maximum efficiency for the organization.

Training

The team can be provided with training on both scrum and project management to equip each member with the tools to make both of the systems to work in the organization.

Learning Organization

The goal of Scrum is to ensure that the organization becomes a learning place in which there is learning and changes are made to allow for it to become efficient and effective.

Time Box Planning Methodology

Scrum is known for being a time box planning methodology, and hence, the organization has to adapt to the time limitations which come with it.

To get scrum and project management to work together, you should keep the following things in mind.

  • Unlike project management, scrum is more about empowering the team to become self-reliant and independent as compared to working in a control and command management approach.
  • There are only a scrum master and no manager in Scrum.
  • It is the scrum master who will be responsible for the scrum process and would be the one who would make that it is used correctly to reap its benefits.
  • Transparency is vital for Scrum, and there is an elimination of formalities which do not create value.

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