Why Does Scrum Beat Waterfall for Product Development?
The waterfall technique was formerly the standard for all IT implementations. It functioned for a long time and was dependable & appropriate for IT professionals. But then came the Agile movement encouraging the team to work on different phases of the project. Customers today value speed and agility in a changing world. They can no longer afford to be bound into lengthy IT projects that, once launched, cannot be amended or adjusted. Teams use two basic software development approaches to take a project from concept to completion: waterfall and scrum. While it is possible to create a unique approach by combining techniques from both, most projects adhere to one or the other. While most firms have benefited from Scrum Master Training in improving their product development.
In this article, we have collated information about the benefits of using Scrum and how it beats Waterfall. Keep yourself hooked and give it a read to decide for yourself what is best suited for your organization.
Reasons Why Scrum Beats Waterfall for Product
1. More Adaptable
Once a step in Waterfall has been finished, it is impossible to go back and make modifications. Agile, on the other hand, creates a workable version of the entire project (an MVP) so that the client may shape how it is made. Seeing a functional version early in the process allows the client to remark, “I like this, but I don’t like that,” allowing them to build the product to their specifications. This is more difficult with Waterfall since the client must specify all of their preferences before viewing a functional version.
2. Less Prone to MistakesThe waterfall is strongly reliant on early needs. However, if these needs are not adequately
specified, or if there was a misunderstanding about the specifics of what the client wanted, things get extremely tough. This is not the case with Agile, where requirements are verified and reaffirmed throughout the project.
3. More Adaptable to Adjustments
The waterfall is not designed to accommodate a customer’s changing demands. If business processes change during the project, Waterfall is not designed to adapt. A customer may feel trapped in a project that no longer satisfies their current business needs. So now every business is adopting Agile for their business. Agile, on the other hand, not only adapts to new demands but anticipates and plans for them.
4. A More Consistent Final Result
Waterfall tests the product mostly at the conclusion of the project. If the customer’s demands were not effectively captured at the outset, or if they have changed since the start of the project, testing may occur too late in the cycle to make significant changes. The consumer must then find more funds to obtain the thing they now want. With Agile, testing occurs on a frequent basis throughout the process, allowing the client to ensure that the product is exactly what they expected. This also increases the likelihood that the project will be completed on time and under budget.
5. Increased Customer Interaction
Agile considers the client to be a member of the implementation team and includes them at every stage of the process. Waterfall, on the other hand, tends to spend a lot of time with the client in the beginning, trying to capture all of the perceived needs. However, once this occurs, the implementation team typically takes control.
6. Lower Product Costs
Scrum increases your return on investment by lowering expenses. By avoiding work that isn’t critical to our minimum viable product, we are able to eliminate waste, which results in a quicker, leaner, and more cost-effective development team. On the other hand, specialized waterfall teams need additional personnel, whereas agile encourages greater cross-functional collaboration of the team.
7. Customers that Are Overjoyed
Companies that create iteratively and progressively may provide clients with the products and services they require faster and more efficiently. Scrum allows you to obtain and implement user feedback at the conclusion of each sprint, your products are driven by real-world use rather than assumptions. This greatly simplifies keeping consumers and key stakeholders interested and engaged.
Scrum differs from the classic waterfall development paradigm in that it produces features at a time, whereas waterfall just delivers in stages. Typical waterfall development is staged, sequential, and plan-driven. In that paradigm, you don’t actually contribute value until the very end. Scrum flips that concept on its head by delivering new features every few weeks rather than focusing on a huge release in the future.
Naveen Kumar Singh is an Agile Coach and a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST), who facilitates Scrum Master Training, Scrum Developer, Product Owner, Agile, Kanban, and fewer Practitioners as well as provide agile technical workshops. Naveen is actively involved in the agile community and attends major events as a speaker and volunteer. He has also presented papers in Global Scrum Gatherings as well as in many other Scrum Alliance conferences and meet-ups.