What is Scrum and Who Should Use It? 5 Infographics that Bring Clarity to Going Agile

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When most people hear the word “Scrum,” they probably envision a mashing of heads and limbs on a rugby pitch. In the software world, however, Scrum means something very different.

Most often associated with product management and development, Scrum is an agile development framework for creating high-performing teams and vastly improved organizational productivity. And it’s not just for programmers and product developers anymore.

Scrum can even be implemented to improve the efficiency and performance of sales, marketing, human resources, and customer service departments. Even churches and schools are now adopting the principles of Scrum.

So, is it right for your organization? And if so, how do you implement it?

That last query is the $20,000 question. To better explain what Scrum is and understand how it’s best implemented, we’ve put together a list of five infographics that illustrate the core tenets, uses, and benefits of Scrum, explain why software developers aren’t the only ones who can benefit from it, and prognosticate on what can be done to improve Scrum going forward.

To view the infographics, begin by selecting one of the following links or clicking on the Next button below.

1) The Agile Business by Gist

2) The Scrum Overview Diagram by Axosoft

3) The Scrum Development Process by Softhouse

4) What Goes On During a Sprint? by Zen Ex Machina

5) How is Agile Doing? by Serena Software

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Additional Scrum Resources & Further Reading

1) The Agile Business by Gist

When the concept of agile development methodology was officially introduced by the signing of the Agile Manifesto in 2001, the adaptive process was largely intended to improve the efficiency and productivity of software design and development. Today, companies of all shapes, sizes, and industries have gone “Agile.”

This infographic from Gist begins by exploring the basic definition of Agile methodology and describing which teams typically benefit from it. From there, it illustrates the myriad reasons for Agile adoption — including factors like company size and business benefit — explores common Agile barriers, and describes what Agile really looks like in a working business environment.


2) The Scrum Overview Diagram by Axosoft

The first step toward implementing Scrum is to understand what it is and exactly how it can be beneficial to you and your company. After all, without that information how can you know which processes and people to put in place, or whether implementing Scrum makes sense for your organization?

This infographic from Scrum software provider Axosoft does a great job of that, covering everything from estimation techniques, key team roles, and the six basic steps to executing Scrum efficiently.


3) The Scrum Development Process by Softhouse

While the previous infographic covered Scrum at a high level, it’s critical to gain clarity around what the Scrum development process really looks like before you jump in head first.

This infographic from Softhouse, a Swedish IT consultancy, very cleanly displays each step in the Scrum process and defines Scrum terminology (like product backlog, sprint planning, and increment) in layman’s terms.


4) What Goes On During a Sprint? by Zen Ex Machina

Plan. Do. Check. Act. Those are the four basic stages of a Scrum sprint, but what does each one really entail? This infographic from product development and management consultancy Zen Ex Machina takes a deeper dive into the various aspects and requirements of each step in a Scrum sprint. From estimating complexity in the “plan” stage to putting knowledge into the next sprint in the “act” stage, this infographic leaves no stone unturned.

Scrum Sprint

5) How is Agile Doing? by Serena Software

OK, so you’ve probably figured out by now that we’re big fans of Agile and Scrum. And while more and more companies are continuing to jump on board the bandwagon, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for Scrum improvement.

Here, IT solution provider Serena Software shares data from an Agile2012 survey to highlight what Agile and Scrum is doing well, what it could be doing better, and what the biggest roadblock to Agile and Scrum adoption will be going forward.


Additional Scrum Resources and Further Reading


For more tips and insight into Scrum see our Scrum Process and Resource Guide

A collection of helpful articles and resources breaking down:

  • The fundamentals of Scrum
  • Keys to implementing Scrum successfully
  • Scrum best practices
  • Tools and utilities for developers
  • A list of Scrum and Agile experts to connect with and follow

Featuring advice from Dr. Jeff Sutherland, CEO of Scrum Inc., Scott Downey of RapidScrum.com, and more.

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