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



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. He is also the founder of, an online agile training website. He can be reached at or connect with Mike on Google+.