Scrum’s 1st advantage: responsiveness
Scrum works against the black box or tunnel effect – the period between product specification and product delivery. Customers are kept in the dark about what happens in the meantime. The relationship between customer and service provider is neatly partitioned and sealed off, each in their separate place.
Scrum divides work into a series of sprints or 1 to 3-week cycles. Before starting, we produce a backlog, listing everything the development team will need to carry out its work. At the end of each sprint, we supply a deliverable that the customer can use immediately. Fast, regular deliveries ensure that we can monitor the product, checking it meets expectations, and quickly integrating any necessary changes into the following sprint.
Scrum’s 2nd advantage: adaptability
Anticipating change and acquiring the best possible capabilities won’t prevent changes to the product. The initial idea inevitably changes, first, during development, and then in response to user feedback, which may cause us to rethink certain features.
By segmenting production, Scrum ensures that the first version is ready for testing after just a few sprints. Users can try the product and provide feedback, which helps the team to refine it bit by bit.
For a project to run smoothly, we must list everything needed for a series of three sprints (or six weeks) in the backlog. Production continues at the same time so that we can reorient the product if necessary.
Scrum gives you better product visibility and lets you incorporate changes quickly.