Chapter 3. Agile Principles

Before we delve deeper into the mechanics of Scrum, it will be helpful to understand the underlying principles that drive and inform those mechanics.

This chapter describes the agile principles that underlie Scrum and compares them with those of traditional, plan-driven, sequential product development. In doing so, the chapter sets the stage for understanding how Scrum differs from more traditional forms of product development and for a more detailed analysis of Scrum practices in subsequent chapters.


I find it instructive to introduce Scrum’s underlying principles by comparing them with the beliefs that drive more traditional, plan-driven, sequential development. Doing so makes it easier for people to understand ...

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