The Scrum methodology of agile software development marks a dramatic departure from waterfall management. In fact, Scrum and other agile processes were inspired by its shortcomings. The Scrum methodology emphasizes communication and collaboration, functioning software, and the flexibility to adapt to emerging business realities — all attributes that suffer in the rigidly ordered waterfall paradigm.
For folks who are contemplating a Scrum transformation, the most compelling testimony usually isn’t found in a blog or a whitepaper, but in a case study. When an organization can read a detailed, step-by-step account of how another company did it and ended up better for it, it can give organizations the confidence they need to move forward. And the more granularly such case studies document the process of adoption, the more valuable they are for organizations following in their footsteps.
Samir Bellouti has just published a very detailed success story on the Scrum Alliance that covers the first year of Scrum adoption for an unnamed airline and travel agency. Tasked with rebuilding its travel booking application—from scratch—Bellouti suggested they use Scrum to manage the project. He then goes on to describe the team’s lack of understanding of Scrum (they understood the concept of daily meetings, but nothing else) and how they got off the ground for those initial sprints. The fact that the project is then examined a year later adds another dimension to the piece, showing that these things take time, but are worth the patience they require.
Here’s another great and very detailed success story I found on Danube Technologies’ website, which describes how a division of Intel used Scrum to manage an especially chaotic project.
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