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Welcome to ScrumLab Open

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 Scrum Master or 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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Agile Architecture

Agile Architecture A key practice in Scrum is to deliver small slices of functionality each Sprint. These slices need to encompass every layer of a system, from what the customer sees to the darkest corners of the backend. This even includes the architecture itself….

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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 minutesAudience: BeginnerSuggested...

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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 that need to...

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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. This resulting plan gets...

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Sprint Backlog

Sprint Backlog The Sprint Backlog is an ordered list of Product Backlog Items or Increments, preferably User or Job Stories, that will achieve the Sprint Goal and that the Team believes it can complete during the coming Sprint. These items are pulled from the top of...

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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 during the current sprint in a ceremony called Product Backlog Refinement. Estimated time for...

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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 its work and to inspect the...

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Sprint Retrospective

Sprint Retrospective The Sprint Retrospective, the last ceremony in the Sprint, takes place after the Sprint Review and before the next Sprint Planning. The meeting should be time-boxed to no more than an hour per week of Sprint length. The Scrum Master facilitates...

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Potentially Shippable Product Increment

Increment or Potentially Shippable Product An Increment (sometimes referred to as a 'Potentially Shippable Product') is the value delivered for the customer via the Product Backlog Items completed during a Sprint. Each Increment should interface seamlessly with all...

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6 Agile Ways To Increase Employee Engagement

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