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Scaling at Medcinsoft

Scrum was used at Medcinsoft to manage a Y2K project aimed at making Medcinsoft’s products Y2K-compliant, providing releases of this software to over 350 major healthcare organizations and teaching hospitals (customers), and stabilizing these releases before October 1, 1999. Medcinsoft’s software ran the administrative aspects of healthcare organizations, including admissions, discharges, billing, insurance, patient records, and receivables. The failure of such software would have had catastrophic consequences for these organizations and the populations they serve. Until Medcinsoft adopted Scrum, it had been using Gantt charts to manage the project, and they had proven woefully inadequate to the task. Customers were dissatisfied ...

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