SBOK™ Guide

In recent years, it has become evident that organizations using Scrum as their preferred project delivery framework consistently deliver high Returns on Investment (ROI). The focus of Scrum on value-driven delivery helps Scrum Teams deliver results as early in the project as possible. Moreover, managing changes is easier through the use of short, iterative product development cycles and frequent interaction between customers and Scrum Teams.

A Guide to the Scrum Body of Knowledge (SBOK™ Guide) was developed as a means to create a necessary guide for organizations and professionals who want to implement Scrum, as well as those already doing so who want to make needed improvements to their existing 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.

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.

We invite you to download our recently released free new version of the SBOK Guide (Third Edition) which has 2 additional chapters about scaling Scrum and Agile for large projects, programs and portfolios.

Why use the SBOK™ guide

Consider the following when selecting your Scrum knowledge resourcesWhat does the SBOK™ Guide offer?
Comprehensive and well-definedThe SBOK™ Guide elaborates on the following:

Principles: The six principles of Empirical Process Control, Self-organization, Collaboration, Value-based Prioritization, Time-boxing, and Iterative Development form the foundation of Scrum.

Aspects: The five aspects of Organization, Business Justification, Quality, Change, and Risk should be considered for all Scrum projects.

Processes: Nineteen processes are suggested for delivering a Scrum project from Initiation through Release. Although presented as a guide, the SBOK™ is a comprehensive and well-defined resource with detailed insights into implementing Scrum projects in any environment.
Validity and ScalabilityThe SBOK™ Guide suggests that Scrum can be used effectively with portfolios, programs, and projects of any size or complexity in any industry to create a product, service, or other result.
Audience typeThe SBOK™ Guide was developed for organizations and professionals who want to implement Scrum or those already doing so who want to make improvements to their Scrum processes. It is intended for use as a reference and knowledge guide by both experienced Scrum and other product or service development practitioners, as well as by persons with no prior experience or knowledge of Scrum or any other project delivery methodology.

The SBOK™ Guide is especially valuable:

- To Scrum Core Team members including:

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

Scrum Masters who want to learn their specific role in overseeing the application of the 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.

- As a comprehensive guide for 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 handbook for any person who has no prior experience or knowledge of Scrum but wants to learn more about the subject.

The contents are organized for easy reference by the three Scrum Core Team roles: Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Scrum Team.

The contents of the SBOK™ Guide are also helpful for individuals preparing to write the following SCRUMstudy™ certification exams:

Scrum Developer Certified (SDC™)
Scrum Master Certified (SMC™)
Agile Expert Certified (AEC™)
Scrum Product Owner Certified (SPOC™)
Expert Scrum Master Certified (ESMC™)
Perspective of the author(s)The SBOK™ Guide draws from the combined knowledge and insight gained from thousands of projects across a variety of organizations and industries. In addition, contributions have been made by experts who have taught Scrum and project delivery courses to more than 400,000 professionals in 150 countries. Its development has truly been a collaborative effort from a large number of experts in a variety of disciplines.
Eighteen co-authors and subject matter experts and twenty-eight reviewers contributed to the creation of the SBOK™ Guide.

The SBOK™ Guide was not written by professional authors looking to sell a book, IT was developed by expert Scrum practitioners looking to share knowledge about the profession. Some Scrum guides and books set out empirical rules without proper direction on how to make Scrum work. The SBOK™ Guide, however, shares practical knowledge on how to truly implement Scrum using best practice tools and techniques.

In the past, the Scrum community has relied heavily on trial and error and/or individual coaches or consultants to help implement Scrum. With a multitude of experiences from many Scrum practitioners worldwide in different industries, these best-practices have now been documented into an organized approach in the SBOK™ Guide to benefit any interested practitioner. The objective is to take Scrum implementation out of the hands of paid consultants, and share the knowledge with the community.
Practical application or solely theoretical?The SBOK™ Guide provides an organized approach for applying Scrum to real-life project scenarios, including working in distributed teams; managing changes, risk, stakeholders, quality, and business justification; and providing detailed direction on "how" to successfully implement Scrum projects.
Prescriptive (giving exact rules and direction) versus NonprescriptiveSCRUMstudy is an organization dedicated to the advancement of Agile and Scrum globally, as an approach to rapidly deliver value.

Although the SBOK™ Guide shares best-practices about Scrum, the book is generally nonprescriptive—Scrum practitioners can choose the best practices which are most suited for their organizations from among those suggested.

Below are a few examples of how the SBOK™ Guide provides best practices and guidance but still continues to be nonprescriptive:

less than 10% of the Inputs, Tools, and Outputs described in the SBOK™ Guide processes are mandatory—the remaining are optional—so those implementing Scrum can tailor use to their specific needs; the Scrum Guidance Body (SGB) is an optional role, which generally consists of a set of documents and/or a group of experts who are typically involved with defining objectives related to quality, government regulations, security, and other key organizational parameters.
Free TrialAn online copy of the SBOK™ Guide can be downloaded for free. We also offer a FREE introductory Scrum Fundamentals Certified (SFC™) course and certification. See our course listing to register for this free and other courses. Review these free resources and decide for yourself which guide is most suitable for your needs.