What is Scrum?

Scrum is by far the most well-known agile approach and has made a dramatic improvement to the way organisations work in order to deliver value to their business units and customers alike.

It is conceptually very simple to understand and a lot of Scrum can be picked up very easily and used immediately in the workplace. Scrum certification is readily available by attending a Scrum training course.

However, the most powerful aspects of Scrum are frequently misunderstood or missed out altogether and many organisations fail to harness the true power of this approach.

Scrum: the easier bits

You can start to use Scrum very quickly. It is very easy to use some of the roles, artefacts and events in Scrum such as using a Product Backlog, Sprints and having daily meetings. In some senses you could say it is a glorified way of sorting out your to-do list!

Scrum: the harder bits

The harder parts of Scrum to master are around its ethos and the cycle of continuous improvement. Scrum is based upon three principles of inspection, adaption and transparency. These are where a skilled practitioner in Scrum brings the approach to life and generates the bigger steps forward in delivering benefits to your organisation.

The limitations of Scrum

A common misconception is that you can do just about anything with Scrum. This can lead to Scrum being used outside its natural habitat and this can cause more problems than it solves.

Scrum is ideal for product delivery. It is not a project management approach and pushing it beyond its boundaries can be damaging. The best way to harness the power of Scrum in all situations is to combine it with other complimentary approaches and get the best of both worlds.

Combining Scrum

The most obvious choice is to use Scrum for the development approach but to combine it with a proven project management framework. The 2 which come to mind are PRINCE2 Agile, and DSDM.

PRINCE2 Agile and DSDM both come with their own qualifications. For PRINCE2 Agile qualifications, these are provided by AXELOS and in the latter case, the Agile Project Management (AgilePM) qualifications provided by the APMG.

Learning Scrum

The quickest way to learn Scrum is to attend a Scrum in one day training course. This course is ideally suited to organizations wanting to bring their team up to speed with Scrum. Alternatively, if Scrum certification is required, the most obvious choice is a Scrum Master training course.


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