Reduce Risk with Non-Technology Scrum Adoptions

How can you reduce risk during an enterprise agile adoption? One key is parallel implementations in business areas. Teams beyond software development can significantly benefit from the Scrum framework in their operational efforts, and this serves to create shared understanding, buy-in, and ?collaboration during enterprise agile adoption. Scrum yields a familiar way for business teams to function and interface with technology. Moreover, these non-IT teams experienced productivity gains and became strong believers in Scrum.

We examine the effects of non-technology agile adoptions in? regards to a critical issue for most contemporary organizations: managing change? risk. We examine the question of what happens when Scrum is applied to non-IT work teams during an enterprise reform from an existing traditional software development methodology to Scrum.

We investigate this topic utilizing a multi-case non-IT Scrum adoption study conducted in parallel with the technology implementation. We discovered that customer resistance to this aforementioned enterprise change was reduced in the business areas that had exposure? to Scrum as compared to areas that did not have the exposure. This latter phenomenon is of extreme importance because the overall risk of the enterprise agile adoption was reduced.

As part of the study, we further conclude that the Scrum framework improves team performance, and offer both qualitative and quantitative proof from REAL teams. For example, one team increased productivity 28.5% while simultaneously reducing their outstanding? workload by 23.1%. Jointly, non-IT Scrum adoptions achieve greater customer buy-in to enterprise change initiatives, create organizational momentum, and also improve team productivity.

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