Searching the Web to find information can be a daunting task. The Internet provides a wealth of information, but it also provides information overload, making it hard for a user to decipher what website is the most relevant, or even most accurate. Just searching for the framework Scrum will generate about 2,360,000 hits from Google and over 500 published books.
To avoid this problem, Scrum creators Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland have launched a new community website, ScrumGuides.org, to host the Scrum Guide, their definitive description of Scrum. Three primary Scrum organizations, the Scrum Alliance, Scrum.org and Scrum Inc. have officially backed the website and use it as the basis for all their work, according to Schwaber.
“We wanted to have one place for the definition of Scrum that everyone could work from,” said Schwaber, founder of Scrum.org and co-developer of the Scrum process.
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The explosion of Scrum in organizations has brought with it many different practices and ideas of what Scrum is. In response, Schwaber and Sutherland wrote the Scrum Guide, a 16-page document defining the process and the rules that govern it.
“People are doing waterfall, and they kind of wrap a Scrum banner around it,” said Sutherland, CEO of Scrum Inc. and author of “Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time.” He added, “We have to counter this craziness.”
“And we hope to do that with this pretty short guide,” said Schwaber. “Part of its beauty in shortness and its brevity is that it is very precise and clear.”
The intention of ScrumGuides.org is to provide a place where people can get one central definition of Scrum for free. “We are trying to make a point that it is not owned by an organization,” said Schwaber. “It is Jeff and myself; anyone can use it. It is a body of knowledge regarding Scrum.”