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SCRUM is by far the largest agile approach in use worldwide and has amassed a dedicated, loyal and durable following.

Providing a swift overview, Scrum projects address the requirements in what it calls the Product Backlog. The Product Backlog reduces as the project progresses and elements of requirements are delivered.

The projects seek to deliver the requirements and split the delivery into distinct sectors called sprints. These sectors are small pieces of time at around 1 to 2 weeks and deliver parts of the Product Backlog.

As in all agile projects there is a period of assessment to permit the project team to assess and adjust the projects output and direction. In SCRUM it is no different.

During, and at the end of, each sprint the team members assess the output of a project and determine the output to be delivered in the next sprint.


The output to be delivered in the next sprint is entitled the Sprint Backlog and feeds the project team members with tasks in the next sprint. Like many agile approaches SCRUM uses burn down charts to demonstrate progress and like DSDM, the Scrum methodology has a series of practises and roles: the Product Owner, ScrumMaster and team members all with aligned responsibilities.

The SCRUM Alliance website (scrumalliance.org) is the place if you feel the need to start to increase your understanding of the method. The governance structure of The Toolkit will accommodate and extent the features of the SCRUM method. If you find that SCRUM fits all your project delivery requirements then a training course is normally required before you will get hired to deliver a SCRUM project.

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