This page is designed to help you get started with the fundamentals of Scrum. On it you will find the resources to discover what Scrum is, why it is used, how it works. For those of you looking to dive deeper into Scrum with advanced topics, head over to our Accelerate Your Scrum page.
In a nutshell, Scrum is a simple organizational framework based on three ideas:
- divide and conquer the complex into the simple
- break complicated work into simple pieces
- break organizations into small teams
- break time into short cycles
- inspect and adapt your process and your plan
- revisit plans and assumptions regularly
- optimize the value delivered by the product
- continuously improve your process
- create transparency because people make better decisions with all the information
The interactive infographic below shows the Scrum framework from beginning to end. Scroll over each part of the process for more information and resources. You can download a copy of it here.
Why is Scrum used? It was first implemented by software teams in the 1990s to produce better software more quickly that made customers happier (turns out it actually creates happier teams, too!). Today, 73% of agile software projects report using Scrum to accelerate time to market. But Scrum isn’t unique to the software world — it is making waves in other industries from education, to journalism, to physical manufacturing because no matter what teams are doing, Scrum enables them do it:
- Better - Scrum puts the customer at the center of design and development, which ensures scrum-made products deliver what the customer needs.
- Faster - Scrum teams inspect and adapt their process in order to continuously improve so that they can produce more in less time.
- Happier - Scrum empowers working teams to make decisions and harness their talents, leading to greater employee satisfaction.
So what now?
1: Start with the Basics
We understand that learning about the scrum framework seems like an overwhelming task – but with our Basics of Scrum guide it’s as simple as 8-pages and 30 minutes. You’ll learn about the roles, the tools, and how it all comes together to create a sprint. For an introduction in novel form, try the Power of Scrum.
2: The History and the Theory
Now that you have read the Basics of Scrum and are acquainted with the framework, join the co-creator for our Scrum Fundamentals Online Course. Jeff will explain how he created Scrum, the theory behind why it works, and give you some tips on how to get started.
3: Build Your Backlog
Once you have a firm grasp on the framework of Scrum and how it works, it’s time to start sprinting! When you’re ready to take that step, let us help you accelerate and attend one of our courses. Whether you’re part of a Scrum team, leading an agile organization or simply working with one, we can help you hit the ground running.