Overview: What is Scrum?

Please note, the following information comes from the thought leadership of our Certified Scrum Trainers and Certified Agile Coaches, as well as other reputable sources, including the Agile Manifesto and the November 2017 version of the Scrum Guide.TM

Scrum is a lightweight yet incredibly powerful set of values, principles and practices.


Scrum relies on cross-functional teams to deliver products and services in short cycles, enabling:

  • Fast feedback
  • Continuous improvement
  • Rapid adaptation to change
  • Accelerated delivery

Understanding the Scrum Flow

At its heart, Scrum works by breaking large products and services into small pieces that can be completed (and potentially released) by a cross-functional team in a short timeframe. 

Scrum teams inspect each batch of functionality as it is completed and then adapt what will be created next based on learning and feedback, minimizing risk and reducing waste. This cycle repeats until the full product or service is delivered—one that meets customer needs because the business has the opportunity to adjust the fit at the end of each timeframe.

Benefits of Using Scrum

Because Scrum teams are continuously creating only the highest priority chunks of functionality, the business is assured maximum return on investment


Scrum helps businesses:

  • Innovate faster
  • Move from idea to delivery more quickly
  • Drive higher customer satisfaction
  • Increase employee morale