Traditional Project Management or SCRUM: Which one is Efficient and creating demand for certified professionals?
Traditional Project Management or SCRUM

As outlined by leading Scrum Certification organization including Scrum Study traditional project management emphasizes on conducting detailed upfront planning for the project with higher priority for 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.

I, being certified both in Traditional PM techniques in MBA/other certifications and Scrum, can visualize the differences very well in practical work.

Scrum can deliver the greatest value in the shortest 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.

Several organizations around the globe are accepting Scrum as a primary project management framework for their projects, especially when they operate in a dynamic business environment.

What is Scrum?

Scrum was formulated as a faster, more flexible way to deliver the greatest value in the least amount of time. It is one of the most popular Agile development methods.

Scrum project management is rooted in Agile methodology, which is a framework in which small teams carry out the incremental and iterative delivery of a product. This informative and easy-to-read article explores similarities and differences between scrum project management and classic project management.

The Scrum method includes 5 elements:

  1. Time-boxed sprints
  2. Sprint planning meetings
  3. Daily standup meetings
  4. Transparent, visible tracking
  5. Sprint review & retrospective

War on Agile Talent

With more organizations looking to enable enterprise agility, there will be a greater demand on talented individuals and teams who have prior experience in this way of working. People with previous experience, in particular those who have seen what works and what doesn’t in different contexts, is critical to the success of an agile transformation. As confirmed by many at the 2018 Business Agility conference globally, organizations are already seeing the ‘war on talent’

Reference: Business agility conference Dr. Jon Younger and Dr Norm Smallwood

The figure below shows that Scrum is increasingly being applied outside of the traditional IT industry in any organization sizes. Because of the ever-evolving technology and ever-changing socio-economic conditions, project management needs a framework like Scrum, which is highly adaptable and change-friendly.

Scrum-certified professionals help organizations with improved level of project management that leads to increased ROI. Scrum is being used in most Fortune 500 companies.

If you are student or a working professional having scrum certification can increase chances of career enhancement that is why it is highly recommend adding it in your resume.

About the Author:

Mr Gajinder Paul (Director of Canterbury Institute of Management/Scrum Certified Trainer (SCT™)) is an engineer-MBA turned educator. He is well known in the international education sector in Australia. Mr Paul started a vocational education facility in 1999 in Sydney which later expanded to Queensland and Northern Territory offering programs both in UG and PG.

He is amongst few certified Scrum Trainers in Australia and has attained multiple qualifications in Scrum, Agile, Prince2, and ITIL i.e., Scrum Foundation Certified (SFC™), Scrum Master Certified (SMC™), Scrum Product Owner Certified (SPOC™), SCRUMstudy Agile Master Certified (SAMC™), Six Sigma Yellow Belt (SSYB), PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner Certificate in Project Management, ITIL® (Foundation), ITIL® Intermediate Certificate in IT Service Operation.

Mr Paul is working with CIM academic board for submissions to Australian Department of education to add SCRUM as compulsory subject as part of UG and PG qualifications be to part of academic curriculum in CIM new proposed programs.

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