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A standard note’s we’re taking seriously… and implementing here!

Scrum is not a standardized process where you methodically follow a series of sequential steps that are guaranteed to produce, on time and on budget, a high-quality product that delights customers. Instead, Scrum is a framework for organizing and managing work. The Scrum framework is based on a set of values, principles, and practices that provide the foundation to which your organization will add its unique implementation of relevant engineering practices and your specific approaches for realizing the Scrum practices. The result will be a version of Scrum that is uniquely yours.

To better grasp the framework concept, we imagine that the Scrum framework is like the foundation and walls of a building. The Scrum values, principles, and practices would be the key structural components. You can’t ignore or fundamentally change a value, principle, or practice without risking collapse. What you can do, however, is customize inside the structure of Scrum, adding fixtures and features until you have a process that works for you.

Scrum is a refreshingly simple, people-centric framework based on the values of honesty, openness, courage, respect, focus, trust, empowerment, and collaboration. Chapter 3 will describe the Scrum principles in depth; subsequent chapters will highlight how specific practices and approaches are rooted in these principles and values.

The Scrum practices themselves are embodied in specific roles, activities, artifacts, and their associated rules.