We are a community dedicated to helping organizations, teams and individuals reach their full potential using Scrum.
The Scrum Guide Organization™ (SGO) was born out of the industry’s need to address the diverse, emerging, and often confusing descriptions of Scrum. Those of who have been in the industry for a long time have watched new Scrum (aka Agile) Programs emerge every couple of months from both new and existing organizations. There has been a plethora of ‘Certifications’, ‘Licenses’, ‘Badges’, ‘Certificates’ and more - about Scrum, Kanban, OKRs, DevOps, Agile, SAFe, LeSS, DA-Flex, etc. Additionally, there has been much confusion about terminology, making it difficult for experts to navigate the unstable language base. It is confusing for the companies that are hiring, the individuals being hired, and the overall pursuit of Scrum excellence.
Our Stance is that there is not a single definition of Scrum; we believe there are many useful descriptions of Scrum - and that any of them can be used to create a Scrum Program leading to mastery.
We applaud those organizations that are making a serious effort to develop Programs that encourage the growth of Scrum competencies, but there remain a large number of organizations offering Programs where improved credibility would increase confidence. Additionally, the Scrum Programs that are in existence are often self-vetted and limited to the contribution of a very few select people. We maintain that Scrum is ‘for the people by the people’. Our community needs to be broad enough to accommodate and recognize the many descriptions of Scrum and contributions from many people. Our Stance is that there is not a single definition of Scrum; we believe there are many useful descriptions of Scrum - and that any of them can be used to create a Scrum Program leading to mastery.
Because of confusion in the industry about what Scrum is, there exists a need to recognize Scrum Programs that lead to real mastery. Furthermore, recognition needs to be separate from the administration of any of the Scrum Programs. Separation of recognition and administration will strengthen the caliber and credibility of the Scrum marketplace.
Our Mission and Vision
The mission of the Scrum Guide Organization is to provide Professional Recognition of Programs that help people achieve mastery in applied Scrum practice. Our goal is to provide recognition of credible Scrum Programs as developed by community members; these Programs must provide real competencies and skills to the people using them, and the skills and competencies must have market demand. Our vision is to be the de facto Standards Recognition Entity for Scrum as put forth by the Scrum Manifesto.
We are guided by the values of Caring, Competency and Conviction.
Caring is our sense of humanity and the betterment of people everywhere; we will not sacrifice our sense of caring for expediency, personal gain or forgetfulness.
Competency is born out of perseverance and personal struggle, real skills are earned and require opportunities to develop; while we support book-knowledge we strongly believe that real competency must involve significant time spent doing it in an applied context - there is no substitute for practicum.
Finally, Conviction emerges through the pursuit or endeavor that we are undertaking; we know that real conviction strengthens our identity and the importance of our work.
Scrum is Scrum and it is open to all. The circle is global and includes anyone, in any country. We are for Scrum Practitioners, Teams and Organizations wishing to get better by using Recognized Scrum Programs.
We will ‘Make it Easy’ to achieve excellence by helping produce Industry Recognized Scrum Programs (IRSP™). SGO members will have access to real competency development that is suitable for their domain of expertise. The SGO™ is a standards recognition entity, we do not administer programs.