Simple Guide To Scrum - What Is Scrum?

What Is Scrum?

The goal for this series of posts is to help you learn about Scrum in short and easy steps. The total reading time is less than 15 minutes.

Scrum is an agile framework for completing complex work. It helps people manage and deliver products & services where there is a high level of uncertainty and change.

Scrum is simple to learn and use. It helps people to work iteratively & incrementally using an empirical approach. Empiricism encourages increased Transparency, Inspection, Adaptation. It is designed to expose issues and real progress as early as possible and encourage us to make changes to increase value delivery.

Scrum was created by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland in the 1990s. It now used by tens of millions of people all over the world and this number is growing rapidly. You can read the Scrum Guide for the official definition of Scrum.

Scrum is comprised of 3 Accountabilities, 5 Events, 3 Artifacts, 3 Commitments and additional values, rules and recommendations. These help to guide peoples relationships and interactions to maximise the value delivered when doing complex work.

Scrum is simple:

  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 the plan & process for the next Sprint. Repeat.

Continue reading the series to learn more.

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