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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