Scrum for R&D Software Development

Last post 09:11 pm December 7, 2018
by Daniel Wilhite
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10:29 pm December 5, 2018

I am currently acting as Scrum Master for 3 software development teams. One team is strictly R&D and I am struggling with following the Scrum process. Some people tell me Scrum does not work for R&D. I have read that the Scrum process could be modified for R&D. Does anyone have recommendations on how to implement Scrum for R&D?

04:22 pm December 6, 2018

Do you mean Research & Design or Research & Development?

09:04 pm December 6, 2018

I mean Research and Development for a software product we are developing. I guess there is a bit of design involved as well.

09:54 pm December 6, 2018

I mean Research and Development for a software product we are developing. I guess there is a bit of design involved as well.

There's no reason to assume that "Scrum does not work" in this context. Scrum may be seen as an empirical approach in which validated learning is important

When you were told that Scrum does not work for R&D, can you explain the reasoning behind this assertion, or why you suspect "modification" might be necessary?

08:52 pm December 7, 2018

Should work very well if not ask team why they are not satisfied, what do they expect ? Try KANBAN maybe.

09:11 pm December 7, 2018

I would think that Scrum works really well for Research and Development. 

  • You state a problem to research. 
  • You refine the story into workable experiments. 
  • You start the experiments. 
  • Evaluate the results as you go and at each sprint boundary.
  • Determine the next steps based on what you just learned.

Isn't that pretty much the definition of Research and Development?