There has been a lot of conversation about the Scrum Guide that Jeff Sutherland and I made available on Scrum.org. It is there, along with more than a dozen translations, for anyone to download as a PDF. When people share the PDF with each other, we request proper attribution so that it is always clear what is being read.
Many versions of Scrum are popping up these days. I want to make my position on this clear.
I’ve frequently said that Scrum is just a framework. It is a framework that Jeff and I devised within which complex products can be built. If the framework is used intelligently, these products will be developed with the very highest value, quality, and productivity, pleasing both the developers and the customers involved.
The word “framework” means that much is not specified and must be devised by those using the framework. I equate Scrum to the game of chess. You can read the official rulebook for chess. The moves, players, sequences, scoring, etc. are all specified. Learn them. Then you can play chess. Maybe your chess game isn’t so good, but you can study great games, strategies, and tactics, and practice to get better and better. However, you are playing the game of chess, so you don’t have the option of changing the rule book. If you change the rules, it’s not chess any longer. Just learn how to play the game with excellence, which is enough of a challenge.
Jeff and I worked hard over several decades to get Scrum to stand as it does today. It is simple, and it is definitive. We invite you to use it to build complex products. You will have to have, learn, or improve requirements gathering and presentation techniques; quality techniques; refactoring; customer engagement; collaboration; teaming; conflict resolution techniques; and other practices, as well. But the Scrum framework will help you by providing continual feedback on your progress and success.
If you don’t like Scrum, we welcome and invite you to devise something else. Just don’t call it Scrum.