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Scrum.org has created these Professional Scrum Competencies to help guide an individual’s personal development with Scrum. Building proficiency with Scrum starts with the fundamentals, Understanding and Applying the Scrum Framework, and it is the foundation for personal growth.
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This page provides an overview of the case studies available from Scrum.org. Case studies demonstrate successful transforming organizations, uses of Scrum, Nexus, Evidence-Based Management and more. Read them to understand where people and teams have struggled and how they have succeeded.
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To be effective with Scrum requires something more than just following the mechanics and fundamentals of the framework, this requires mindset techniques for ways of working and thinking, and an environment that supports it including trust. 

 

 


 

Introducing Scrum

If you’re new to Scrum, or need a refresher, this is the place to get you started. Scrum is a lightweight framework for generating solutions to complex problems. The Scrum Guide, the authoritative definition of Scrum, is provided by its creators Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland.

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Scrum is defined completely in the Scrum Guide by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland and is maintained independently of any company. The Scrum Guide is translated and available in over 30 languages.
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If you are just getting started, think of Scrum as a way to get work done as a team in small pieces at a time, with experimentation and feedback loops along the way. This learning series explores the pieces that make up the Scrum Framework.
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To be effective with Scrum requires something more than just following the mechanics and fundamentals of the framework, this requires mindset techniques for ways of working and thinking, and an environment that supports it including trust. 

 

 


 

Understanding the Scrum Framework

Familiarity with the Scrum framework is the first step to using Scrum. Using Scrum to its best advantage requires a deeper understanding of Scrum theory and practice.

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In Scrum, empiricism refers to the idea that solving complex problems, or doing complex work, can only be done using an exploratory process rather than relying on predetermined plans. Learn about empiricism and complex work. Explore why trust is important for empiricism to thrive.
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For agility to thrive, the culture of the organization must support the fundamental concepts of agility. The Scrum Values - Focus, Respect, Openness, Commitment, and Courage - create an environment where empiricism, self-management and continual improvement are more successful.
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The Scrum Team is a small unit of professionals focused on attaining the Product Goal. Scrum Teams consist of a Product Owner, Scrum Master and Developers. Each has a clear set of accountabilities. Learn more about the Scrum Team, accountabilities, responsibilities and why these aren’t called “roles.”

 

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The five Scrum Events provide regular opportunities for enacting the Scrum pillars of Inspection, Adaptation and Transparency. In addition, they help teams keep aligned with the Sprint and Product Goals, improve Developer productivity, remove impediments and reduce the need to schedule too many additional meetings.
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In archeology, an artifact is an object of cultural significance. In medicine, artifacts are something not normally present, or unexpected. In Scrum, our use of the word “artifact” is closer to the way software developers use it: important information needed during the development of a product. ...
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The best way to support a team working on complex problems is to give them the space to determine how to do their work, rather than directing them. Learn about self-managing teams and their characteristics. Explore some myths and misunderstandings about self-management.

 



Advancing and Applying Your Scrum Knowledge

Working on a Scrum Team is a dynamic and challenging experience. These resources will help you dive deeper in the accountabilities and provide you with practical tips that you can apply with your team.

For Scrum Masters

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Enhance your Journey as a Scrum MasterEmbarking on a journey as a Scrum Master is a challenging and rewarding endeavor. As you step into this accountability, you'll find yourself at the crossroads of collaboration, leadership, and continuous improvement - a position that is critical to deliver value...
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When to use Facilitation, Coaching, Mentoring or Teaching We often use the words “coaching,” “mentoring,” “teaching,” and “facilitating” informally. We may say that we're being coached on how to become a better golfer, or that the person managing the agenda in a meeting is the meeting's facilitat...
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Scrum.org has created these Professional Scrum Competencies to help guide an individual’s personal development with Scrum. Building proficiency with Scrum starts with the fundamentals, Understanding and Applying the Scrum Framework, and it is the foundation for personal growth.

 

For Product Owners

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Product Ownership requires a distinct set of capabilities and skills. These skills and capabilities are described here. Please note that we are describing Product Ownership here, meaning it does not tie into any specific person, role, function or accountability. This learning series illustrates what needs to be done from the Product Ownership perspective when developing products. The Scrum framework describes a Product Owner as a set of accountabilities that a person can take up. In which ca...
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This learning series highlights 9 ways a Product Owner can boost their effectiveness.
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This learning series contains a list of interview questions that you may encounter as a Product Owner, and the reason why the question is relevant to the Product Owner accountability.

 

 

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This pieces describes the stages of the product lifecycle and how a Product Owner should consider adjust their product strategy accordingly.
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Understanding a product’s revenue and cost is key to creating and executing on a product’s strategy as well as determining its value.
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A product roadmap is a visual aid technique that a Scrum Team can use to share and discuss what is upcoming for the product at a high-level.

 

For Developers

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This learning series discusses the importance of developing and delivering valuable product Increments in order to improve the outcomes that its users and customers experience. Scrum Teams deliver product Increments and measure the results to understand what customers want or need.
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Un-done work is work that does not conform to the Definition of Done and is therefore unfinished. It represents time the Scrum Team spent creating something that delivered no value. Learn what un-done work is, what causes it and techniques for eliminating it.
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There are many reasons why Scrum Teams struggle to deliver value. To be more effective, Scrum Teams should better understand customer needs, improve their cross-functionality, be empowered to make decisions, improve their ability to focus, and increase their feedback cycles.

 

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Continuous Delivery allows Scrum Teams to deliver valuable product Increments to customers faster in a sustainable and reliable way.
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Scrum Teams deliver value to customers in product Increments. Product stability is vital as each Increment builds on the last.

 

 


 

Activities

These activities include templates and step-by-step facilitation guidelines that you can use with your team to work toward the outcomes you are seeking.

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This activity is designed to help you understand how value is currently measured for your product. It’s also a good activity to improve your current approach to measuring value. It can be facilitated as a workshop for Scrum Teams working on a product or product portfolio together and may include int...
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One way a Scrum Team can create some understanding and transparency into who needs to be involved during product delivery, is by collaboratively creating a lightweight stakeholder engagement approach to help guide the team.
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Circle of Influence and Control ActivityHighly effective teams focus and are proactive on spending energy on the things that they can make a timely impact. By doing so, they not only enable themselves to change things for the better, they also create positive energy and widen their influence over th...
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Additional Resources for Scrum Teams

People learn in many different ways. Explore our wide array of resource types to enable your own learning.

Guide
Guides contain the definition of the topic being describe. Each element serves a specific purpose that is essential to the overall value and results realized. These guides including the Scrum Guide are created and maintained by Ken Schwaber and others.
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Book
Find the books written and co-authored by Ken Schwaber, our Professional Scrum Trainers and staff to help you learn more about Scrum and Agile.
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Case Study
This page provides an overview of the case studies available from Scrum.org. Case studies demonstrate successful transforming organizations, uses of Scrum, Nexus, Evidence-Based Management and more. Read them to understand where people and teams have struggled and how they have succeeded.
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Webcast
Free webcast learning opportunities for the Scrum community designed to help those new to Scrum and those with experience learn and improve. You can hear from and ask questions of experts in the Scrum community including Professional Scrum Trainers and many others.
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The Scrum.org Community Podcast features Professional Scrum Trainers and other Scrum Practitioners sharing their stories and experiences to help learn from the experience of others.
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Blog
The Scrum.org Blog is made up of a series of articles created by our Professional Scrum Trainer community and the Scrum.org Staff. These articles are meant to help people learn based on real-world experiences and extensive use of Scrum and other Agile practices.
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Preparing for Certification

These pages have been created to help provide certification test takers with a list of preferred resources to help prepare for their upcoming test.

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Suggested reading for anyone who is taking the Professional Scrum Master level I certification test or just looking to learn more about being a Scrum Master.
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We have gathered content on this page which we suggest you utilize when preparing for the PSM II. These are suggested resources, and you may find additional resources not mentioned on this page helpful, along with the application of your own experience using Scrum.
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An overview of documents and books to help understand the role of the Product Owner organized by assessment categories.
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