Scrum History

Scrum History

In February 2001, Jeff and Ken were amongst the 17 software development leaders creating the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. Scrum was first tried and refined at Individual, Inc., Fidelity Investments and is now being used by organizations across the globe.

While history is essential to understand where SCRUM comes from, it is even more imperative to realize the fact that this is the need of the hour. WHY? Here is the answer along with some very interesting historical facts that generate more interest-

  1. Let us accept the fact that SCRUM is framework and not a process
  2. SCRUM will guide a professional on WHAT needs to be done and not HOW of it? It lets them analyze and figure out a way of doing things.
  3. SCRUM matches up or rather attempts to match up with current circumstances or situations thus leading to a well planned, organized and thought through structure.
  4. It is a scaffolding process and each step is equally important in achieving the final goal.
  5. SCRUM came up in 1986 but got introduced as AGILE to the software development industry.
  6. One interesting fact- Jeff Sutherland initiated the first SCRUM project in 1993 however it became a formal process in 1995 with Ken Schwaber stepping in too.

All these give an insight into SCRUM for sure, but here is the actual timeline to it-

1986- The word SCRUM is coined for the first time through print media by Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka as “The New Product Development Game”.

1993- Jeff Sutherland initiated the first SCRUM project

1995- SCRUM became a formal process in 1995 with Ken Schwaber stepping in

2001- Sutherland and Schwaber along with software development professionals bring to the table the Manifesto to Agile Software Development.

2001- The Agile Alliance is formed

2001- The first book on SCRUM Agile software development with SCRUM is published.

2002- The feather of certification is added SCRUM Master Certification programs being introduced

2006- Sutherland creates the SCRUM Incorporation with SCRUM certifications setting their foot in the software development industry

2009- SCRUM gets the first age global platform with the formation of

2010- SCRUM Guide is published and the world gets to see the first hand knowledge in black and white through this.

SCRUM has had an interesting journey and that is all the more reason for it to be so apt for today. It has seen phases from high to low, with learnings and opportunities to go better and better each day. This is the beauty of SCRUM, it unfolds at every level and gives an insight to every individual to analyze and rationalize what is needed but the HOW still goes with practical application of this theory.