The Difference Between Scrum and Agile

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from individuals wishing to enroll in one of our classes concerns the difference between Scrum and Agile methods. In this post, we’ll take a look at the differences between the two methods and discuss how each one is best applied to your development team.


Scrum Methodology

Scrum is best described as a product development method best utilized by small teams who need to produce software and upgrades frequently within the scope of their daily operations. The Scrum Teams rely on close collaboration with team members and near-constant feedback on each stage of the development process. This method is best for projects where variables change frequently as small adjustments can easily be made on the fly as problems arise.


Agile Methodology

Agile has many of the same principals as Scrum, and in general, can be applied in the same situations where Scrum would be beneficial. However, Agile is particularly well suited to situations when teamwork is less of a main focus. In Agile, developers should be able to operate somewhat independently while still striving to reach the same team goal.


The Breakdown

Agile is more of a philosophy on how to operate a fully-functional, quick-moving development team while Scrum is a method of implementing that philosophy. The two complement each other and often, a hybrid approach where a blending of the two methodologies is used to reach a final product, can be the most beneficial approach.


Regardless of which method you’re interested in learning about, Agile Strategic Solutions can help. We offer certification classes for Scrum Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and Scaled Agile Framework Methods. Reserve a spot in our next class session and take your software development process to the next level.