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First, as a point of reference, the agile manifesto is simply a set of four principles.

  1. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  2. Working software over comprehensive documentation
  3. Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  4. Responding to change over following a plan

Scrum, LEAN, BDSM and XP are methodologies that are designed to help organizations become “Agile”. Each methodology consists of organizational practices and tools.

It’s rather hard to put a concrete number on the Scrum ROI without executing two simultaneous projects with one using an agile methodology and the other using a traditional methodology.

It is also important to note that ROI is not the only benefit of agile methodologies. Besides ROI, Risk Management/Mitigation is probably the most important advantage of agile methodologies.

With that being said, here are some case studies and other fun facts about Agile and specifically Scrum.

Case Studies:

Fun Facts:

  1. It would be wrong to implement Agile across the board without having our own case study.
  2. Agile is not Cowboy Coding
    • There is as much, if not more, process around Agile/Scrum.
    • Ken Schwaber’s, co-creator of Scrum, website is called: Control Chaos
  3. Microsoft and Agile
    • The P&P team from Microsoft, the customer support team that is designed to guild companies developing products using Microsoft software and technology, recommends Agile/Scrum
    • Visual Studio Team System – the next version UP from Visual Studio Professional – has built in support for agile project management.
    • Microsoft Press has released many books on agile project management with Scrum.
  4. List of companies using Scrum: http://tinyurl.com/ccaae9
  5. Agile development in an ITIL/CMMI based IT organization is not impossible. Here is a paper about CMMI and Scrum. http://tinyurl.com/da99m4
  6. Great video – Scrum in under 10min. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5k7a9YEoUI