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Risk Mgt View Of Scrum September 16, 2005

Posted by newyorkscot in Agile.

Been reading 'Agile Software Development with Scrum' by Ken Schwaber, Mike Beedle, and saw these great risk factors Scrum specifically addresses (Section 6.3):

  • Risk of not pleasing the customer: customer gets to see the product on a continuous basis
  • Risk of not completing all functionality: functionality is developed in a prioritized way through Sprints, ie high priority functionality is delivered, and only low priority is missed
  • Risk of poor estimating and planning: Daily scrums provides small estimates that are tracked within a Daily Scrum cycle and through the invariant set of Product Backlog assigned to the Sprint cycle.
  • Risk of not resolving issues promptly: Burden of proof on management by requiring daily active management. In Scrum, role of management is bi-directional so that mgt reports to the staff on how it is resolving issues during Daily Scrum.
  • Risk of not being able to complete the development cycle: Scrum ensures that there aren't any major problems with the development cycle by delivering working software every Sprint. This forces issues to be dealt with.
  • Risk of taking on too much work and changing expectations: Scrum disallows any changes in the Product Backlog associated with a Sprint so that the team feels their goal is respected and the customer has clear expectations.


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