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.
A hot topic in the Scrum community of late has been whether the agile framework is compatible with traditional project management. Lately, an intellectual curiosity about the other has materialized in both camps. That is, after years of assuming they were on opposite sides of the fence, both groups are trying to determine what they can learn from each other.
If you’re a traditional project manager who wants to learn more about Scrum and how it could improve processes at your organization, then you should take a look at an article on Agile Journal called “An Agile PM Isn’t What You Think: Where Does Traditional Project Management Fit into an Agile Project with Scrum?” The article’s author, Jimi Fosdick, who is both a Certified Scrum Trainer and a Project Management Professional, lays out what’s at stake in Scrum and proceeds to illuminate how its minimal framework actually addresses the job functions of traditional management roles. If you’re thinking through these issues, then Fosdick’s article will be a valuable read!
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