What Is Scrum?

What Is Scrum?

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

Scrum cuts through complexity to focus on building products incrementally and empirically to meet business needs. The Scrum framework is simple to learn and use. It can help you to rapidly build market leading products.

Who Uses Scrum?

  • Scrum is the most widely adopted agile framework for software development and is used by tens of thousands of organisations worldwide.
  • Scrum has been around for 20+ years and is a proven framework for successful product development.
  • Any organisation that has a complex project or product can benefit from Scrum.
  • Scrum is used by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, the U.S and U.K. Governments, Spotify, the Daily Mail, The Times & Sunday Times, Sky, The European Space Agency, Twitter, Digital Agencies, Universities…

Scrum In 30 Seconds:

  • A Product Owner represents the interests of customers and users and creates a prioritised list of work called a Product Backlog.
  • During Sprint Planning, the Development Team that will carry out the work pulls a subset from the top of the Product Backlog, decides how to implement these items and creates a plan to do so called a Sprint Backlog.
  • The Development Team has a time-boxed period called a Sprint of less than 30 days to complete the work.
  • The Development Team meets each day at a Daily Scrum to assess its progress and plan the next 24 hours.
  • During the Sprint, a Scrum Master keeps the team focused on its goal and helps them overcome issues impeding progress.
  • At the end of the Sprint, the work will be “done”, potentially releasable and ready to present to a customer.
  • A Sprint Review is held where the Scrum Team and Stakeholders inspect the completed work and decide what to do next based on the latest insights into the product.
  • The Sprint ends with a Sprint Retrospective where the Scrum Team looks for ways to improve their ways of working.
  • The cycle continues with the start of a new Sprint and the process repeats.
The Scrum Framework (Scrum.org)

How Will Scrum Work For You?

  • Scrum has the power to transform the way projects are run across every business and industry.
  • By using Scrum, you will become more agile, discovering how to react more quickly and effectively to inevitable change.
  • Prioritise large to-do lists into manageable tasks with improved teamwork, higher quality and faster results.
  • Whether you’re working on the next big app, building an enterprise level web site or a complex billing system, Scrum will help you innovate, reduce risk and create the best possible product.

Scrum Is A Simple Framework Based on 3 Ideas:

1) Reduce Complexity

  • Reduce complicated work into smaller, simpler and more manageable units.
  • Reduce large organisational structures into smaller, more autonomous teams.
  • Reduce lengthy projects into short cycles with completed work available at the end of each cycle.

2) Inspect and adapt your process and plan

  • Plan in detail a short period of work based on your learning’s from earlier Sprints.
  • Use empiricism to regularly revisit plans, risks and assumptions and update them as you learn more.
  • Optimise the value delivered by your product. Deliver the most valuable work first and complete it!
  • Continuously improve your processes and ways of working to create a better product.

3) Create transparency

  • People make better decisions with the right information available.