With its flexible and iterative nature, Scrum helps identify risks in product development. Events are feedback loops and opportunities to mitigate risks through transparency, inspection and adaptation.

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Scrum’s iterative approach allows for quicker feedback from users and stakeholders. It enables the team to make necessary adjustments promptly, ensuring that the final product more accurately meets user needs and market demands while addressing unavoidable risks.

The regular and early delivery of product increments reduces the overall time to market, providing a competitive advantage to the organisation.

1.     Risk of Scope Creep:

While not a scrum term, scope creep refers to the uncontrolled expansion of product backlog without considering a proper order of the product backlog items. By having an ordered product backlog, considering dependencies and value, the team can focus on delivering the most valuable product backlog items aligned with the product goal and expected customer needs.

2.     Risk of Product Misalignment with Customer Needs and Desires:

A significant risk in product development is not paying attention to the needs of the customer or the market. Scrum addresses this risk through regular sprint reviews where stakeholders provide feedback in shorter loops. These allow for timely adjustments based on real-world feedback.

3.     Risk of Quality Issues:

Maintaining high quality in rapid development can be challenging. Scrum helps deal with building risks by incorporating continuous testing and integration throughout development. The Definition of Done ensures that only thoroughly tested and high-quality increments are considered complete, thereby maintaining the overall quality of the product.

4.     Risk of Release Delays:

With its iterative cycles and emphasis on delivering done increments of the product, Scrum ensures that progress is continuous and valuable, minimising delays and leading to a more streamlined and efficient product release.

5.     Risk of Missing Time to Market:

One of Scrum’s primary advantages is its ability to focus on the incremental delivery of potentially shippable product work items, enabling organisations to release value to the customer early and frequently.


Scrum stands out for its ability to navigate the complexities and uncertainties of developing any product. Its structured yet flexible approach enables teams to remain responsive and focused on delivering value while effectively managing risks.

By fostering collaboration, encouraging proactive problem-solving, and maintaining a continuous focus on improvement, Scrum helps the teams with the tools and mindset needed to tackle challenges head-on, turning potential obstacles into opportunities for growth and innovation.

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