SCRUMstudy Scrumvideo about Value-driven Delivery

June 9, 2014
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Is Value-Driven Delivery the Key to Scrum’s Success?

One of the aspects of Scrum that attracts business stakeholders is the delivery of maximum business

value in minimum span of time. To achieve this goal, Scrum is relies on the principle of value-driven

delivery. Also, as projects involve collaborative effort to either create new products or services or to

deliver results as defined in the Project Vision Statement, they are usually affected by constraints of

time, cost, scope, quality, people and organizational capabilities.

To overcome these constraints, value-driven delivery must be the main focus. Scrum facilitates

delivery of value very early on in the project and continues to do so throughout the project

lifecycle. One of the key characteristics of any project is the uncertainty of results or outcomes. It

is impossible to guarantee project success at completion, irrespective of the size or complexity of a

project. Considering this uncertainty of achieving success, it is therefore important to start delivering

results as early in the project as possible. This early delivery of results, and thereby value, provides

an opportunity for reinvestment and proves the worth of the project to interested stakeholders.

In order to provide value-driven delivery, it is important to:

1. Understand what adds value to customers and users and to prioritize the high value requirements

on the top of the Prioritized Product Backlog

2. Decrease uncertainty and constantly address risks that can potentially decrease value if they

materialize. Also work closely with project stakeholders and show them product increments as each

is created and allow them to manage changes effectively

3. Create deliverables based on the priorities determined by producing potentially shippable product

increments during each Sprint so that customers start realizing value early on in the project.

The concept of value-driven delivery in Scrum is quite different when compared with the principles

of traditional project management models where:

1. Requirements are not always prioritized on the basis of business value.

2. Changing requirements after project initiation is difficult and can only be done through the

implementation of a time consuming change management process.

3. Value is realized only at the end of the project when the final product or service is delivered.

Thus value-based delivery helps in delivering the maximum business value in the least amount of

time to the customers and becomes one of the key aspects behind the success of Scrum.

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