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This succinct, yet comprehensive guide to the “Scrum Framework” for software-product development tells you all you need to know to get started. Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, the inventors of Scrum, teach you how to successfully institute the process at your company and stress the importance of getting support from the executive level. getAbstract recommends this handy primer to everyone involved in or considering Scrum processes.

About the Authors

Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland invented the Scrum process in 1995. Schwaber is a software developer, product manager and industry consultant. Sutherland is a co-author of “The Agile Manifesto.”



Organizations have been using the license-free “Scrum Framework” to improve their software-product management processes for more than 20 years. The process consists of a series of “Sprints,” each designed to achieve distinct and measurable progress toward overall product-development goals. For both new and existing products, the list of new features, fixes and upgrades – the “Product Backlog” – never ends, so the Scrum process continues indefinitely. Each sprint results in tangible, usable functionality that completes items on the product backlog. “Scrum Teams” spend up to one full day thoroughly planning each...

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    A. 11 months ago
    There is a mistake in the Take Away section: development team can have from 3 to 9 members, not 4 to 9. (Cf. Page 6 of the scrum guide). This is a standard question of the certification exam.
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      Erica Rauzin 11 months ago
      Thanks very much. We've made the correction and we appreciate the information. Erica Rauzin, Senior Managing Editor, getAbstract