Nov 2020 Update

A new version of the Scrum Guide was released on November 18, 2020. And the following post has been updated to reflect changes introduced in the guide.

Whether you’re a seasoned Scrum Master or a new professional within the development framework, it can be very helpful to revisit and refine concepts into simpler terms.

That’s because the better you can articulate Scrum, the better results you can anticipate, as processes remain clear and roadblocks can be sidestepped in advance. 

That’s why I put together a great Scrum Reference Cheat Sheet recently to share with my training network. When you subscribe to our newsletter we will email this great resource directly to you.

This resource is a great way to get your entire development team on the same page and speaking the same language, as it breaks down the high-level terms, artifacts, and events in an easy-to-understand format.


In this cheat sheet, it will explain:

“The Game” of Scrum

Scrum is a framework for delivering high-value products across team sprints (set periods of development effort) that help teams address complex problems in creative and productive ways.

“The Goal” of Scrum

Create an effective team-based approach that delivers  better products through iterative and incremental change, thus maximizing opportunities for feedback while ensuring a product is always “stage ready.

“The Players” of Scrum

The Scrum Master is a leader for the scrum team who causes the removal of impediments. They coach, monitor, and support efforts so the team can drive to their own decisions. The Scrum Master verifies that the process is practiced according to Scrum guidelines.

The Product Owner manages and owns the product backlog. This individual has control over the backlog priorities and is responsible for maximizing the value of the product produced from the team’s work. This is a single person.

The Developers is a collection of professionals who deliver and iterate on product goals each sprint. The Scrum Master and Product Owner help facilitate self-organized, cross-functional work to empower teams to manage their own work.

The Scrum teams is anywhere from 3 to 10 people.

…and much,  much more.

The Scrum cheat sheet is a great resource to print out and have at your desk, or bookmarked somewhere that you can reference easily down the road. It provides a great breakdown of all the working parts across a Scrum environment that can help guide your team to greater success.

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