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The Essence of Scrum - a Better Explantion??

Last post 04:08 am April 17, 2014 by Ludwig Harsch
1 reply
05:34 pm April 14, 2014


I linked to from Wikipedia after reading somebody's description of SCRUM.

When I read the description below on this site, I was completely underwhelmed and felt very uninspired:


What is Scrum?
a better way of working

What is Scrum? Scrum is a way for teams to work together to develop a product. Product development, using Scrum, occurs in small pieces, with each piece building upon previously created pieces. Building products one small piece at a time encourages creativity and enables teams to respond to feedback and change, to build exactly and only what is needed.


So I decided to come up with a slightly more colourful ( <-- British spelling) version

-------------------- my version --------------------

What is Scrum?

Simply put, Scrum is a new, flexible and adaptive way of working together!

Scrum can bend!

A Scrum methodology allows the target to move and has the flexibility built in to re-aim and fire, again and again and again!

The traditional approach to a project, where a design is set in stone from start to finish, produces a very rigid beast, leaving little room for modification or manoeuvre. A few little changes could mean the whole thing has to go back to the drawing board. This phenomenon of moving targets is sometimes called "scope-creep" or "requirements churn" where some of the needs and functionality are overlooked or are thought of later. It is very, very common if not ALWAYS present in almost all projects.

Scrum can deal with this - it's designed for it!

Scrum enables designers to meet regularly, usually daily to discuss the state of the project, any changes or additions and so on, all the while staying focussed on the not so in focus target - a slightly vague target, but still carefully defined and precise at the same time due to the nature of the built in flexibility and adaptability - the nature of the beast, if you will!


Please let me know your thoughts.

Personally, I feel if something's really going to inspire you it should have an EMOTIONAL impact.


04:08 am April 17, 2014

Hi deemyBoy,
I understand your emotions. However Wikipedia is a serious and scientific platform, and not a marketing platform.
This being said, I would recommend to use the definition of SCRUM given in the SCRUM Guide:
Scrum (n): A framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value.
You can even name the source.
Best, Ludwig

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