Discounting the role of Scrum Master?

In Scrum we have:

– The product owner (PO) is responsible on the project and involves the customer and other stakeholders in each iteration.
– PO along with the team estimate the user stories and the team pull what they can commit to.
– The team is self organized and sign-off for their tasks.
– The team are free to add or update tasks any time.
– Risks are impediment which are daily tracked.
– No formal management reporting is required.
– Many retrospectives are conducted not exceeding one hour and asking what went, what didn’t, what we should do. Continue reading

Risk management in agile/ Scrum

I believe the Scrum frame-work itself is built to address risks. I managed CMMI® program which at heart of its level-3 is risk management and requirement to organize risks into taxonomy relevant to the organization. This taxonomy describes risks categories and attributes that in my opinion are addressed directly if we strictly apply Scrum. I think risk management is so powerful in the world of traditional project management. It reinforces the illusion that we can have a right plan at the beginning.
The advantage of risk management in traditional project management is getting the team together in up-front to assess the possible threats that the project might encounter in the future. Based on those threats the project plan is adjusted so it can weather the proposed risks. Also, it helps to gain extra budget from up-front in case the risks were materialized. Continue reading