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The Scrum Guide

Updated: Nov 20, 2020

The Scrum Guide™, The Definitive Guide to Scrum: The Rules of the Game, developed and sustained by the founders of Scrum – Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland – contains the definition of Scrum, including roles, events, artifacts, and the rules that bind them together.

Scrum (n): A framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value.

Scrum is:

  • Lightweight

  • Simple to understand

  • Difficult to master

Scrum Alliance®, along with Scrum Inc., and endorse and support of The Scrum Guide because we believe this makes the most sense for the Scrum community. This Guide is based on the principles on which Scrum was founded and offers Scrum practitioners worldwide, a common standard and understanding of the foundations of Scrum.


RedAgile have made available the full Scrum Guide 2020 online, a PDF version for download, an audio version for download recorded by our leading trainer and founder, Stu Mitchell, and a subtitled audio version. All versions can be accessed on our main Scrum Guide page.

©2020 Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland. Offered for license under the Attribution Share-Alike license of Creative Commons, accessible at and also described in summary form at By utilizing this Scrum Guide, you acknowledge and agree that you have read and agree to be bound by the terms of the Attribution Share-Alike license of Creative Commons.

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