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ScrumLab Open is a free resource that explains the basic framework, roles and key patterns of Scrum. It includes clear definitions, insightful videos from the inventor of Scrum, as well as, published papers on Scrum Practices. ScrumLab open is perfect for the Scrum curious, the Scrum beginner or the advanced practitioner looking to refresh on the fundamentals.

We also offer a more in-depth online course: Scrum Startup for Teams.

You can also improve your Scrum by attending one of our Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes. Advanced practitioners may be interested in reading Jeff Sutherland's Scrum Papers, taking our Scrum@Scale training, or visiting the official Scrum@Scale site to download the latest Scrum@Scale Guide.

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Retropectives One of the core principles in Scrum is the idea of continuous improvement. Each Sprint the Team engages in an inspect-and-adapt cycle during the Retrospective meeting. Beyond that, the Scrum Guide does not offer much insight into how to run a successful…

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Definition of Ready

Definition of Ready   Having a Definition of Ready means that stories must be immediately actionable. The Team must be able to determine what needs to be done and the amount of work required to complete the User Story or PBI. The Team must understand the "done"...

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The Scrum Team

The Scrum Team The Scrum Team is made up of the people who actually work on Product Backlog Items during a Sprint. In a software context, this group is most often called the Development Team. In other contexts, the simple term Team is often used....

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Scrum Master

Scrum Master The Scrum Master is tasked with making Scrum work. They work intimately with the Team, sometimes as a member. Their primary task is to remove Impediments and guide the team in Scrum practices. The Scrum Master does whatever it takes to help...

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Product Backlog Item (PBI)

Product Backlog Items (PBI) Product Backlog Items (PBIs) are the elements that make up the Product Backlog. Estimated time for this course: 5 minutesAudience: BeginnersSuggested Prerequisites: Scrum Framework Upon Completion you will: Know what kinds of items can be...

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Product Owner

Product Owner The Product Owner is the Team member who knows what the customer wants and the relative business value of those wants. He or she can then translate the customer's wants and values back to the Scrum team. Estimated time for this...

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Product Backlog

Product Backlog The Product Backlog is a prioritized list of everything that might be included in a product. The Product Owner creates, maintains, and regularly re-orders the Product Backlog. The Product Owner uses the Product Backlog to...

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The Sprint

The Sprint The Sprint is the heart of Scrum. It is a short, consistent cycle no longer than four weeks. The goal is to have an iteration short enough to keep the team focused but long enough to deliver a meaningful increment of work. Estimated time for this course: 5...

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Scaling Agile for the Enterprise

Scaling Agile for the Enterprise Scaling Agile for the Enterprise is a challenge that many large organizations face as they implement Scrum Teams across more and more of their operations. Coordinating multiple Teams that are working on multiple projects can seem…

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Scrum Pitfalls Part I

Scrum Pitfalls Part I The iterative nature of Scrum is a risk management mechanism that, even when poorly implemented, usually results in at least a 30% improvement in productivity. The rules of Scrum are simple and straightforward, and the underlying principles are...

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Scrum and Management

Why Management Needs Scrum The question is always the same: “How do I deliver the best product for the lowest cost and the highest profit?” Scrum has repeatedly answered this question, but often management still has a hard time grasping the business case for…

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Agile Defense

Agile Contracts As Scrum and Agile practices become mainstream and fundamentally change the way companies work internally, it is only natural that the way companies work with each other will also change. Unfortunately, many procurement departments are ill equipped to…

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Sprint Burndown Chart

Sprint Burndown Chart The Sprint Burndown Chart makes the work of the Team visible. It is a graphic representation of the rate at which work is completed and how much work remains to be done. Estimated time for this course: 8 minutes Audience: Beginner Suggested...

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Velocity Velocity is a measure of the amount of work a Team can tackle during a single Sprint and is the key metric in Scrum. Velocity is calculated at the end of the Sprint by totaling the Points for all fully completed User Stories. Estimated time for this course: 5...

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Impediments An Impediment is anything that keeps the Team from getting work Done and that slows Velocity. Impediments come in many forms: a sick team member, a missing resource, lack of management support or even a cold team room. If it's blocking the team from doing...

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Scrum Board

Scrum Board A Scrum Board is a tool that helps Teams make Sprint Backlog items visible. The board can take many physical and virtual forms but it performs the same function regardless of how it looks. The board is updated by the Team and shows all items...

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Sprint Planning

Sprint Planning Sprint Planning opens each Sprint. The Product Owner discusses the sprint goal with the Team and the Scrum Master. They then collaborate to reach a mutual understanding of the sprint goal and the work needed to achieve it. Estimated time for this...

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Sprint Backlog

Sprint Backlog The Sprint Backlog is an ordered list of Product Backlog Items, preferably User Stories, that the Team believes it can complete during the coming Sprint. These items are pulled from the top of the Product Backlog during the Sprint Planning Meeting....

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Product Backlog Refinement

Product Backlog Refinement Because requirements in Scrum are only loosely defined, they need to revisited and clearly defined before they come into the Sprint. This is done in during the current sprint in a ceremony called Product Backlog Refinement....

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Sprint Review

Sprint Review The Sprint Review takes place at the end of the Sprint and is designed to gather actionable feedback on what the Team has completed. This ceremony, also known as the "Demo", is an exciting opportunity for the team to showcase...

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