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What is Scrum?


No, not THAT scrum! The Rugby version of Scrum does have an influence in the most commonly practiced Agile framework for teams. There are roles on a Scrum team, where the Scrum Master role tries to manage "blockers" and help to get the "ball down the field".


If you are new to the Agile world, but have heard murmurings of words and practices, like a sprint, backlog or even a daily standup, you have been slightly introduced to Scrum.


Scrum.org is a wonderful site where you can become introduced to Scrum and even become immersed in everything Scrum. The Scrum Guide is the single-source of truth for everything Scrum that you and your team need to know. The Scrum Guide gets updated every three years to stay abreast of the changes in the general industry and to continually improve the applications of Scrum.


Synopsis of Scrum

Here is a synopsis of Scrum, directly from Scrum.org.

In a nutshell, Scrum requires a Scrum Master to foster an environment where:

  1. A Product Owner orders the work for a complex problem into a Product Backlog.

  2. The Scrum Team turns a selection of the work into an Increment of value during a Sprint.

  3. The Scrum Team and its stakeholders inspect the results and adjust for the next Sprint.

  4. Repeat

Scrum.org has also provided a Glossary as well. The Scrum Glossary is meant to represent an overview of Scrum-related terms. Some of the mentioned terms are not mandatory in Scrum, but have been added because they are commonly used in Scrum.


To learn more about the Scrum framework, to identify which of these terms are required elements of Scrum and to understand how the mentioned elements are connected, we highly recommend that you reference The Scrum Guide. To learn more about terms specific to software development teams using Scrum and agile software development techniques, reference the Professional Scrum Developer glossary.


A little more about Scrum. It is not a methodology, it is a framework. Scrum is simple! Well, at least to read, learn and understand. The putting Scrum into action is the tricky part. Scrum is heavily reliant-on and in fact it implements the scientific method of empiricism! Big word, but very easy to get. We learn from what we do! There are 3 Pillars of Empiricism that Scrum relies on, but more on that in another blog.


Scrum Framework

The two thought leaders behind the Scrum Guide and Scrum.org, are Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland. You will definitely hear these names in the Agile world and it is helpful to recognize these names to help navigate all of the content and information out there on the Internet.


Remember, Scrum is simple to understand and difficult to put into action. For more information about how to apply Scrum, reach out to our high-quality coaches and practitioners.

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