What does the acronym SCRUM stand for?

I am often asked the question, John, “What does the acronym SCRUM stand for?

This is a great question! This question opens the segue into the differences between Structured Project Management, as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI), Lean Principles, defined in “The Toyota Way” and the combination of Lean Six Sigma.

My Answer is: SCRUM is not an acronym it is a Framework.

The Wikipedia definition of SCRUM is not about project management or Lean, or Lean Six Sigma, it is actually sports related, in particular, Rugby. Working as a team to achieve a common unified goal.


an ordered formation of players, used to restart play, in which the forwards of a team form up with arms interlocked and heads down, and push forward against a similar group from the opposing side. The ball is thrown into the scrum and the players try to gain possession of it by kicking it backward toward their own side.

In business, as in sports, Teamwork is paramount. The old saying is “There is no “I” in TEAM”. Guess what, there is no “I” in SCRUM.

The “Framework” of SCRUM is reflected in the quality and delivery of value to the customer that requires a “TEAM” to define and execute through collaboration, being agile, to meet the customers’ demands of “Value”. In Lean this is referred to as “Voice of the Customer” (VOC). The interlocking of arms of the Rugby team refers to having consensus on the goal.

The Business Kamp, through The Kamp Academy will be promoting “SCRUM KAMP 2019”, offering courses on-line and virtual through the course of study in both English and Spanish.

The Business Kamp will be posting the Virtual Course Study schedule over the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, please SIGN-UP to start on your SCRUM journey for a FREE Course from the signing up from the homepage for a fully accredited course through PMI for Professional Development Units, (PDU’s).


The Business Kamp will offer a variety of online courses as well as virtual and onsite training.

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