The SBOK™ Guide was developed as a means to create a necessary guide for organizations and project management practitioners who want to implement Scrum, as well as those already doing so who want to make needed improvements to their processes. It is based on experience drawn from thousands of projects across a variety of organizations and industries. The contributions of many Scrum experts and project management practitioners have been considered in its development.

A Guide to the Scrum Body of Knowledge (SBOK™ Guide) provides guidelines for the successful implementation of Scrum—the most popular Agile product development and project delivery methodology. Scrum, as defined in the SBOK™ Guide, is applicable to the following:

  • Portfolios, programs, and/or projects in any industry

  • Products, services, or any other results to be delivered to stakeholders

  • Projects of any size or complexity


The SBOK™ Guide can be used as a reference and knowledge guide by both experienced Scrum and other product and service development practitioners, as well as by individuals with no prior experience or knowledge of Scrum or other project delivery methodology. The first chapter of the SBOK™ Guide describes the purpose and framework of the SBOK™ Guide and provides an introduction to the key concepts of Scrum. It contains a summary of Scrum principles, Scrum aspects and Scrum processes. Chapter 2 expands on the six Scrum principles which are the foundation on which the Scrum framework is based. Chapters 3 through 7 elaborate on the five Scrum aspects that must be addressed throughout any project: organization, business justification, quality, change, and risk. Chapters 8 through 12 cover the 19 Scrum processes involved in carrying out a Scrum project. These processes are part of the 5 Scrum phases: Initiate; Plan and Estimate; Implement; Review and Retrospect; and Release. These phases describe in detail the associated inputs and outputs of each process, as well as the various tools that may be used in each.



The SBOK™ Guide is especially valuable:

  • to Scrum Core Team members including:

    • Scrum Masters who want to learn their specific role in overseeing the application of Scrum framework to Scrum projects

    • Scrum Team members who want to better understand Scrum processes and the associated tools that may be used to create the project’s product or service

  • Product Owners who want to fully understand the Scrum framework and particularly the customer/stakeholder-related concerns involving business justification, quality, change, and risk aspects associated with Scrum projects

  • as a comprehensive guide for all Scrum practitioners working on Scrum projects in any organization or industry

  • as a reference source for anyone interacting with the Scrum Core Team, including but not limited to the Portfolio Product Owner, Portfolio Scrum Master, Program Product Owner, Program Scrum Master, Scrum Guidance Body, and Stakeholders (i.e., sponsor, customer, and users)

  • as a knowledge source for any person who has no prior experience or knowledge of Scrum framework but wants to learn in details about the subject



This first chapter describes the purpose and framework of the SBOK™ Guide 2013 Edition and provides an introduction to the key concepts of Scrum. It contains a summary of Scrum principles, Scrum aspects, and Scrum processes.

The following sections are covered in this chapter.

  • Overview of Scrum

  • Why Use Scrum?

  • Purpose of the SBOK™ Guide

  • Framework of the SBOK™ Guide

  • Scrum vs. Traditional Project Management

 OVERVIEW OF THE  SBOK™ GUIDE                                                                                                                                    

 THE FIRST CHAPTER                                                                                                                                                             

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