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Agile Atlas

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.

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Scrum Values

All work performed in Scrum needs a set of values as the foundation for the team's processes and interactions. And by embracing these five values, the team makes them even more instrumental to its health and success.  


Because we focus on only a few things at a time, we work well together and produce excellent work. We deliver valuable items sooner.  


Because we work as a team, we feel supported and have more resources at our disposal. This gives us the courage to undertake greater challenges.  


As we work together, we express how we're doing, what's in our way, and our concerns so they can be addressed.  


Because we have great control over our own destiny, we are more committed to success.  


As we work together, sharing successes and failures, we come to respect each other and to help each other become worthy of respect.  

As an organization applies Scrum it discovers its benefits. At the same time, it sees how these values inherently contribute to the success of Scrum and understands why they are both needed, and bolstered, by Scrum.  

See also the Commentaries and Common Practices sections, 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

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.