What is scrum? A clear explanation in 500 words

Whether you think it’s an itch word or not, scrum is popping up in more and more places. The method originates from the IT world, but is now also used in other sectors. But what exactly is Scrum?

Scrum is a flexible way of working that enables teams to respond to changing circumstances and customer wishes. The term originates from the sport of rugby.

Suppose your company is commissioned to design a car. Normally you put the requirements on paper, you make a design, you build a prototype and you deliver the first model. All phases are clearly delineated and follow each other. But what if the customer wants something else halfway through? Then you have to go back to the drawing board and the project gets delayed.

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Scrum makes it possible to make interim adjustments and solve problems. The approach falls under the agile philosophy.

The project is divided into sub-tasks that are completed in short periods of two to four weeks. These short periods are called a sprint. After each sprint, the team evaluates the results and adjusts for the next period. After a certain number of sprints, the project is completed and there is a working product that meets the wishes of the client.

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In scrum you have different roles:

  • The product owner: the link between the customer and the team who translates the wishes into concrete tasks to achieve the end result. For example: build this functionality or fix this error.
  • The self-managing team: five to nine professionals from different disciplines who are jointly responsible for the results.
  • The scrum master: a supervisor who ensures that the scrum process runs smoothly so that the team can perform optimally. The scrum master is not ultimately responsible for the result; that’s the product owner. In scrum there are three important documents:
  • Product backlog: an ordered list of all tasks that still need to be done to arrive at the final result.They can then provide feedback.
  • Retrospective: an evaluation of the team’s performance. You look back on the work process and what you can improve on for the next sprint.

With scrum you do not know exactly where the project will end at the beginning. And that is precisely its great strength.

With scrum you do not know exactly where the project will end at

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