What Are the Main Benefits of Using Scrum?

October 28, 2013

Benefits of Using Scrum: Agile Scrum Benefits Overview

Scrum certified trainer Kenny Rubin, author of the best-selling book entitled “Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process” published his blog post highlighting the main benefits of using Scrum method.

Kenny highlighted the main benefits of using Scrum processes and tools in development, which means speeding up delivery of new products and new features by developing in short sprints. Kenny defined 3 main areas of benefits. The first and most important is getting delighted customers. In Scrum, sprints are really short so results are delivered and ready for testing within 1-3 weeks. Scrum’s main focus is to provide new features or corrections frequently, and collect feedback from clients as quick as possible. Therefore Scrum speeds up bug fixing processes and new feature development – and that makes customers happy.

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Agile Scrum Beneifts

Applying Scrum in development can lead to reducing the cost of production. Product cost is determined by time and effort spent on new releases, but companies are rarely able to estimate real cost of production. In Scrum, story pointing can be applied to estimate tasks’ complexity. Complexity strongly relates to cost of production. Story pointing on each tasks gives the opportunity to better estimate the cost of development of new features, and also allows project managers to prioritize tasks according to their complexity.

The third big area of Scrum’s benefits is the strong focus on collaboration and daily communication. Scrum provides visibility on tasks for each team member to track progress and allow better allocation of resources. The strong collaboration focus leads to a happier and more productive team.

Two of the key Agile Scrum benefits are quicker response to market demand and cost savings via increased performance of teams. According to my experience, Scrum can be used not only in software development but in sales and marketing as well, yielding similar benefits.

Delivering features today generates revenue and feedback today.
Kenny Rubin,

Read the whole blog post of Kenny Rubin here.

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Reka is an economist with an MBA and 10+ years of experience in ICT with ERP, SCM, web, and mobile applications, as well as skills in international business development, consulting, and project management. You will find her blog posts on a variety of subjects from application lifecycle management and software quality standards to Agile methods.

Reka Moksony has written 42 posts for Intland Software.

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