What is SCRUM?

Scrum is an agile project management framework that teams use to develop, deliver, and sustain complex products. It describes a set of meetings, tools, and roles that work in concert to help teams’ structure and manage their work. Teams of all kinds can benefit from the use of Scrum; HR, marketing, design, software development, engineering and more. It is a favorite framework for many development teams, as requirements change, goals change, situations change, scrum embraces those changes. It encourages teams to learn through experiences, self-organize while working on a problem, and reflect on their wins and losses to continuously improve.

How does SCRUM work?

Scrum is all about continuous learning and adjusting to change. It recognizes that not everything is known at the beginning of a new project, and it’s structured to help teams naturally adapt to changing market conditions and user requirements.

Scrum revolves around short, iterative release cycles, or sprints, that allow you to ship often, reprioritize when needed and constantly improve. They break down big, complex projects into smaller pieces. This makes the projects more manageable, allows teams to ship high quality work faster and more frequently, and gives them more flexibility to adapt and change. Sprints are usually around two weeks; however, your team can decide on a length of time that works for you. Throughout the sprint, the team participates in several events on a regular basis, often called ceremonies. These ceremonies are the hallmarks of the scrum framework. They create regularity and help teams maintain transparent, clear communication, adapt to change, and continuously learn. Scrums framework also helps to overcome many of the recurring problems people often experience in waterfall projects. Short iterations make it possible to reduce risk and cost, get fast feedback from users, increase speed to market and see value quicker. When a team is given milestones, like the end of the sprint, they gain the sense of regular tangible progress. This helps them stay focused and energized, which increases employee engagement and satisfaction.