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    Scrum Vs Traditional PM

    Traditional project management emphasizes on conducting detailed upfront planning for the project with emphasis on fixing the scope, cost and schedule - and managing those parameters. Whereas, Scrum encourages data-based, iterative decision making in which the primary focus is on delivering products that satisfy customer requirements.

    To deliver the greatest amount of value in the shortest amount of time, Scrum promotes prioritization and Time-boxing over fixing the scope, cost and schedule of a project. An important feature of Scrum is self-organization, which allows the individuals who are actually doing the work to estimate and take ownership of tasks.

    Following table summarizes many of the differences between Scrum and traditional project management:

    ParametersScrumTraditional Project Management
    Emphasis is on People Processes
    Documentation Minimal - only as required Comprehensive
    Process style Iterative Linear
    Upfront planning Low High
    Prioritization of Requirements Based on business value and regularly updated Fixed in the Project Plan
    Quality assurance Customer centric Process centric
    Organization Self-organized Managed
    Management style Decentralized Centralized
    Change Updates to Productized Product Backlog Formal Change Management System
    Leadership Collaborative, Servant Leadership Command and control
    Performance measurement Business value Plan conformity
    Return on Investment Early/throughout project life End of project life
    Customer involvement High throughout the project Varies depending on the project lifecycle

    contact us to learn more about how SCRUM training can benefit your next project.


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