How to Know if Scrum Is Right for Your Project

After years of studying the problem, I've come up with a foolproof way to determine if Scrum is right for a given project. Here it is: Pick a number from 1 - 9. Multiply by 3. Add 3, then multiply by 3 again. You will get your answer by adding the two digits together and then using that as a key to look up the right process for you in this list:

  1. RUP
  2. Waterfall
  3. Feature-Driven Development
  4. Extreme Programming
  5. Spiral
  6. EVO
  7. Kanban
  8. Crystal
  9. Scrum
  10. Team Software Process

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About the Author

As the founder of Mountain Goat Software, Mike Cohn specializes in helping companies adopt and improve their use of agile processes and techniques to build extremely high-performance teams. He is the author of User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and Succeeding with Agile. Mike is a founding member of theĀ Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. Mike can be reached at [email protected]. If you want to succeed with agile, you can also have Mike email you a short tip each week.