Welcome to the Agile Atlas, supported by the Scrum Alliance. The Atlas is an information resource for Scrum and Agile practitioners. Here, you will find articles in a number of topic areas all across the map.
Core Scrum is a brief statement by the Scrum Alliance on the essentials of Scrum. It is our view that to be doing Scrum, a team must be doing at least the things described in this page. Naturally, every team does many more things than just “Core Scrum”, but this page represents the bare minimum.
Scrum Descriptions is a section including articles by Scrum experts and practitioners, describing Scrum as they see it. Although the elements of Scrum are simple, Scrum is a subtle framework. These articles will provide deeper insight into Scrum as seen by the various authors. They will help you absorb what Scrum is about and give you ideas about how to understand, and more importantly how to do, Scrum.
Common Practices offer particular practices and approaches that may be helpful in your own practice of Scrum. None of them are required elements of Scrum, but they are all things of which any would-be Scrum practitioner should be aware. Some Common Practices are very broadly applicable. Others may apply only in special circumstances. Some are downright controversial. As someone using Scrum, you should be aware of them, and should consider using these practices where they may be helpful to you.
Commentaries are articles commenting on Scrum as a whole, or specific practices related to Scrum. They may be suggesting ideas for use with Scrum, or may just present an alternate viewpoint. Commentaries may address alternatives to Scrum, such as from the “Lean” or “Kanban Systems” viewpoint. They may address complimentary approaches, or quite different ones. As time goes on, this area of the map may be divided into further territories.