Scrum Alliance, Scrum.org and Scrum Inc. have "jointly endorsed" a new community website at ScrumGuides.org. The site is intended to be the official source of "The Scrum Guide, The Definitive Guide to Scrum: The Rules of the Game", which Dr. Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber created to ensure Scrum remains true to its core principles and values.
"The Scrum Guide is the canonical definition of Scrum. Ken and I have worked closely together for decades to keep it simple, clear, and, in the true spirit of Scrum, to include only what is absolutely necessary," says Sutherland CEO of Scrum Inc.
"Scrum is a powerful tool to radically increase productivity. Every implementation of Scrum is different, as teams and organizations apply it within their context, but the fundamental framework always remains the same. For Scrum Alliance, Scrum.org, and Scrum Inc. to come together to recognize the central place the Scrum Guide holds will provide clarity to the hundreds of thousands of Scrum practitioners across the planet."
The team behind this news suggests that the growth of people and organizations using Scrum in recent years has led to some market confusion as to the precise definition of Scrum. These certifying bodies, Scrum Alliance and Scrum.org, are now coming together in support of a common definition of Scrum.
"The pieces of Scrum are carefully fit to each other to yield the best possible results. This has taken years for Jeff and myself to achieve. Watch for new versions as we continue to refine," said Ken Schwaber, founder of Scrum.org.
"It's time for convergence in the Scrum community," said Scrum.org's operations chief David Starr. "Giving this clear explanation of Scrum clarifies the framework for the entire industry. We are pleased to support a shared and unambiguous source of truth defined by Scrum's creators."
Carol McEwan, Scrum Alliance managing director said, "This makes the most sense for the Scrum community. The Scrum Guide is based on the principles of which Scrum was founded. It offers Scrum practitioners worldwide a common standard and understanding of the foundations of Scrum. This collaboration adds real value and can only benefit everyone practicing, or considering practicing Scrum."