Moving Beyond Software: Agile Project Management with Scrum
Even projects that have solid, well-defined project plans encounter some degree of change and waste. Shifting market conditions, budget cuts, staff restructuring, or any number of influences can disrupt the best plan while contributing to customer dissatisfaction and staff discouragement. Moreover, projects that begin with changing or unclear requirements make it difficult to establish even basic project expectations.
Scrum is the agile project management methodology that allows teams to deliver pieces of the project iteratively and incrementally throughout the life of the project, absorbing change and new requirements as the project proceeds. Although Scrum is usually associated software development, some have discovered that Scrum can benefit their non-software projects, too. Is Scrum for you and your organization? To answer this question this session will present the basic concepts of Scrum; explore its major differences from traditional practices, and discuss where agile methods can be more productive.
Peter Borsella, founder of Winnow Management Corporation, is a Project Management Professional and a Certified ScrumMaster Trainer with the ability to contribute across a wide range of environments that has taken him to companies such as Hilton, Cisco, and AOL, and to various countries such as India, Hungary, and Israel. He is adept at providing authentic leadership to create effective teams and his goal is to help others understand how to get the best return from any project by achieving higher levels of software quality, increased customer satisfaction, and cohesive teams that enjoy increased productivity.