What is Scrum/Agile?

Scrum is an Agile framework for completing complex projects. It was originally formalized for software development projects, but works well for any complex, innovative scope of work.

The Scrum framework is deceptively simple:

  • A product owner creates a prioritized wish list called a product backlog.
  • During sprint planning, the team pulls a small chunk from the top of that wishlist (a sprint backlog) and decides how to implement those pieces.
  • The team has a certain amount of time, or a sprint, to complete its work (usually two to four weeks) but meets each day to assess its progress (daily Scrum).
  • Along the way, the ScrumMaster keeps the team focused on its goal.
  • At the end of the sprint, the work should be potentially shippable meaning ready to hand to a customer, put on a store shelf or show to a stakeholder.
  • The sprint ends with a review and retrospective.
  • As the next sprint begins, the team chooses another chunk of the product backlog and begins working again.

The cycle repeats until enough items in the product backlog have been completed, the budget is depleted or a deadline arrives.

Which of these milestones marks the end of the work is specific to the project. No matter what ends the work, Scrum ensures that the most valuable tasks have been completed when the project ends.

Where did Scrum/Agile come from?

When Jeff Sutherland created the Scrum process in 1993, he borrowed the term "scrum" from an analogy put forth in a 1986 study published in the Harvard Business Review. In that study, high-performing, cross-functional teams were compared to the scrum formation used in rugby.

Scrum is the leading Agile development methodology, used by Fortune 500 companies around the world. The Scrum Alliance exists to transform the way complex projects are tackled, bringing the Scrum framework and Agile principles beyond software development to the broader world of work.

Who is Scrum/Agile for?

Whether you are building an application, shipping goods around the world or running a charity event, Scrum can help.

Scrum offers benefits to any kind of development team including improved teamwork, better communication and faster results.

What online resources are available for Scrum/Agile?

The Scrum Alliance maintains an online Resource Center.

Whether you are new to Scrum or have been a Scrum professional for years, find articles from thought leaders, whitepapers and links to suggested reading that will help you on your journey.

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What is the Scrum/Agile course roadmap?

  • Professional Scrum Master

    Entry-level Scrum certification for individuals or teams.

    There are no prerequisities.

    • 2 day
      This a 2-day scrum training covers the principles and (empirical) process theory underpinning the mechanics, rules and roles of the Scrum framework. Advanced tools for servant-leadership are provided to increase a Scrum Master’s effectiveness. These tools relate to behavioral shifts, working with people and teams, coaching and facilitation techniques, and addressing the organization.
    • 2 days