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WaterFAIL vs. Scrum: a Slideshare introduction to agile software development

On a recent workshop I was talking about the pros and cons of the traditional Waterfall approach to project planning and contrasting these with how the Scrum approach can be applied.  By coincidence, I came across this introduction to Scrum on Slideshare by Noly Khemin:

It references another really good presentation at the end, as well as some good website sources.

As with ALL methodologies, it’s important to recognise where they are likely to be appropriate and where they aren’t.  I’ve probably come across as many “Scrum” fanatics as I have “PRINCE2” fanatics.  Neither approach is “right” or “wrong” per se; they need to be right for the problem you’re trying to solve.  So, along with my emphasis to Project Managers to ask “has anyone done one of these before?” right at the start of a new project, I also urge them to ask “what type of project is this and what approach will be most effective?“.

When you read that 1 in 6 of the Government’s Major Projects Portfolio has a GREEN RAG status you do have to wonder if anyone is asking the basic questions at the Project Initiation stage.

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