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Scrum in practice: an overview of Scrum adaptations

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Agile software development practices have gained
widespread acceptance and application across all
industries. Scrum, as one of the most widely used
agile methods, has been adopted in countless
organizations. However, while there is an
understanding that practitioners rarely apply Scrum
“by the book”, only little research addresses the
actual adaptations and modifications that are made
to fit Scrum to real world requirements: whether it is
to solve methodological drawbacks, to fit the method
to specific contextual constraints, or to add additional
value to the method by augmentation or combination
with other tools and methods. To get an overview of
the proposed adaptations and their implications, this
study presents a systematic review of literature
reporting on challenges and motivations that lead to
modifications of the Scrum method. Based on 31
relevant studies we extract seven distinct motivations
for modifying Scrum, as well as six generic solution
strategies to adapt the method.
Original languageEnglish
Article number681
JournalProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Pages (from-to)5445 - 5454
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2018

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