So in the last post we talked about Scrum and how it delivers well in dynamic situations.  Scrums focus on getting the best possible product with the resources provided is what makes it good.  However this and other aspects of Scrum can make it  less popular to your management.  So at PROJECT in a box we have developed Practical Scrum.  This will help you get the best of Scrum and keep your management happy at the same time.

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Pure Scrum often doesn’t sit well in an organisation context

Generic Scrum has a number of less popular aspects from a corporate perspective, here are the key ones:

  • Before the project starts there is no sense of sanction and approval
  • Business cases and benefits assessments are not always used
  • Minimal documentation is seen as a positive
  • Traditional project controls are not always used
  • Comparable reporting and portfolio management is more difficult

Practical Scrum ticks all the boxes

So lets look through these and see how the new Practical Scrum method helps address these.

Our Practical Scrum method starts with a launch process.  This additional process is used to set up the project and establish confidence .  Upon receipt of a Mandate the Product Owner would lead the creation of a Business case and Benefits statement.  The team would also prepare normal project controls like risk and issue registers and schedules.  Having taken the project through this Launch the organisation can be confident the project is viable.

The team will also be able to report on their progress in-line with the organisations norms.  Without the consistent  controls types like plan, risks, issues, benefits it is hard to fit Scrum projects in with other projects in the portfolio.  This will raise confidence about these projects from within the PMO. Because the PMO will have real time access to latest data and be able to compare and combine Scrum and non-scrum projects.

If the project looks like it might be failing, it will be possible to stop it early.  A clear business case and benefits statement allows such choices to be transparent.  Without clear benefits to test the project against it could grind on delivering the best it could with the resources even though that end product was overall not going to deliver enough benefits to justify it.  The organisation can then decide to finish or reassign the resources to other projects which may deliver higher benefit outcomes.

Practical Scrum is yours for free

Anyone can use the Practical Scrum method for free.  Simply download our free Community Edition tool and use it alongside the other available methods.  Our commercial customers can also add this method to their existing library of methods for free.  You can then use it to create and run as many projects as you want.  You can use it for free forever.

To see Practical Scrum in operation have a look at our latest YouTube video here.  In the next few days all Community Edition downloads and patches will contain Practical Scrum.

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