Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Agile, PRINCE2 and Scrum

Scrum is an iterative and incremental agile software development framework for managing product development.  Like other agile development methods, it embraces an adaptive and iterative approach. Scrum embraces change and has an empirical approach – accepting that not everything can be defined up front.

Many make the assumption that the attributes of Scrum are incompatible with PRINCE2. Those who are not deep into PRINCE2 can be lead to believe that PRINCE2 requires a waterfall approach and that PRINCE2 is a method resisting change to scope. This is not correct. PRINCE2 and Scrum are fully compatible, and this is why:

PRINCE2 is a project management method whereas Scrum is a development method used by development teams. PRINCE2 says nothing about delivery methods. PRINCE2 has its strength at a higher abstraction level in the project: preparing start-up, focusing on governance and securing alignment between stakeholders. Scrum has its strength at the team level where development has to be done.

The major portion of the Scrum process happens within the PRINCE2 "Managing Product Delivery". A PRINCE2 stage can be one or several sprints where the stage's time tolerance is zero and tolerance is given on scope. PRINCE2 offers great control at the project level. Scrum and Agile brings freedom and “agility” at the team level

December 2014 Axelos announced that a PRINCE2 Agile best practice guidance will be released in 2015. While waitning, you can have a look at the PRINCE2, SCRUM and Agile page for more details.
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