Scrum is a simple yet incredibly powerful set of principles and practices that help teams deliver products in short cycles, enabling fast feedback, continual improvement, and rapid adaptation to change.[1]

Scrum is an Agile framework and, as such, is consistent with the values of the Agile Manifesto and Agile Principles

Scrum is the leading agile development methodology, used by Fortune 500 companies around the world. The Scrum Alliance exists to transform the way we tackle complex projects, bringing the Scrum framework and Agile Principles beyond software development to the broader world of work.[1]

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools#

Scrum is a team-based approach to delivering value to the business. Team members work together to achieve a shared business goal. The Scrum framework promotes effective interaction between team members so the team delivers value to the business.

Once the team gets a business goal, it:

  • Figures out how to do the work
  • Does the work
  • Identifies what's getting in its way
  • Takes responsibility to resolve all the difficulties within its scope
  • Works with other parts of the organization to resolve concerns outside their control
This focus on Delivery Team responsibility in Scrum this is critical.

Working software over comprehensive documentation#

Scrum requires a working, finished product increment as the primary result of every sprint. Whatever activities take place during the sprint, the focus is on the creation of the product increment. A Scrum team’s goal is to produce a product increment every sprint. The increment may not yet include enough functionality for the business to decide to release it, but the Delivery Team’s job is to ensure the functionality present is of release quality.

Customer collaboration over contract negotiation#

Scrum is a framework designed to promote and facilitate collaboration. Delivery Team members collaborate with each other to find the best way to build and deliver the software, or other deliverables, to the business. The Delivery Team, especially the Product Owner, collaborates with stakeholders to inspect and adapt the product vision so the product will be as valuable as possible.

Responding to change over following a plan#

Scrum Delivery Teams make frequent plans. For starters, they plan the current sprint. In addition, many teams create longer-term plans, such as Release Planning and product roadmaps. These plans help the Delivery Team and the business make decisions. However, the team’s goal is not to blindly follow the plan; the goal is to create Business value and embrace change. In essence, the thought process and ideas necessary for planning are more important than the plan itself.

A plan created early is based on less information than will be available in the future so, naturally, it may not be the best plan. As new information is discovered, the team updates the Product backlog. That means the direction of the product likely shifts. This continuous planning improves the Delivery Team’s chances of success as it incorporates new knowledge into the experience.

Scrum Delivery Teams constantly respond to change so that the best possible outcome can be achieved.

Scrum can be described as a framework of feedback loops, allowing the team to constantly inspect and adapt so the product delivers maximum Business value.

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