I was recently watching a Scrum Webinar where they polled the audience on whether they had read the latest Scrum Guide or any version of the Scrum Guide. 77% said that they had read the guide with the remainder saying that they had not read it. I decided to post this for anyone looking who has not read it or anyone who is looking to familiarise themselves with it.
Described as “The book of knowledge” by most people and as “The rules of the game” within the guide, the guide has been written and updated by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland to give an overview of Scrum and is an important read for anyone currently using or looking to roll out Scrum to their organisation.
It has been updated on a few occasions since it was released in 2010 so it is always best to check the website to make sure you have the latest version. I started my journey with Scrum in 2008 reading the “Agile Project Management with Scrum” by Ken Schwaber and whilst there was no guide at the time, this was my textbook my source of clarification and checking if I was doing things right or had a clear view of the roles and rules. The guide is a quick way for people to check that they are on the right track and the beauty is that it will always be the latest version.
“Scrum is a framework for developing and sustaining complex products. This Guide contains the definition of Scrum. This definition consists of Scrum’s roles, events, artifacts, and the rules that bind them together. Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland developed Scrum; the Scrum Guide is written and provided by them. Together, they stand behind the Scrum Guide.” (Scrumguides.org)
PDF Version Scrum-Guide-US