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Learn Scrum with online courses and programs

By adopting Scrum principles, businesses can use a structured approach to project management with an emphasis on collaboration, flexibility, and iterative development. Learn to use Scrum and enhance your own work with courses on edX.

What is Scrum?

Scrum is a project management framework used across many industries, though it is notably utilized in web development. The approach divides projects into phases called sprints, which last around one to four weeks. Daily stand-up meetings allow teams to coordinate and resolve any obstacles, which helps to synchronize all activities.

Businesses adopt Scrum because it is:Footnote 1

  • Adaptable and flexible

  • Collaborative and communication-driven

  • Able to mitigate risks early in the project

  • Customer-centric

Transparency, inspection, and adaptation are at the heart of Scrum methodology. By breaking projects down into small, manageable pieces, teams can incorporate regular feedback into future sprints, leading to an iterative and incremental development process.

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Scrum course curriculum

An introductory Scrum course can cover foundational topics and how to implement Scrum to real-world scenarios. There, you might learn:

  • Scrum team makeup, user story writing, sprint planning, execution, and retro tools

  • What Scrum looks like at scale, its alternatives, and how to avoid pitfalls over time

  • Sprint planning for faster Agile team delivery

  • Test-driven development for faster, better solutions in complex systems

Learning about how to use this tool can supplement your knowledge of web development and project management. edX offers a variety of educational opportunities for learners interested in studying these topics, as well as a host of other disciplines. A boot camp can provide flexible, hands-on learning for those who want to upskill quickly, while executive education courses are designed for busy professionals. You can also pursue a more comprehensive curriculum in a bachelor’s degree or, for more advanced learners, a master’s degree. Find the right learning path for you.

 Explore Scrum jobs

Anyone in a role that contributes to a project’s development can benefit from using Scrum. Here are some examples:

  • Software developer: Manages the complexities of their development projects using Scrum.Footnote 2

  • Project manager: Improves project planning, development, and delivery by applying Scrum principles.Footnote 3

  • Scrum master: Ensures that teams adhere to Scrum processes by removing obstacles and facilitating team communication.Footnote 4

  • Marketing specialist: Uses Scrum to plan and track marketing campaigns, making quick changes between sprints as needed.Footnote 5

  • K–12 teacher: Utilizes Scrum techniques to organize and deliver training programs, workshops, or courses in a structured and iterative manner.Footnote 6

Each of these roles will have different education and skills requirements. For example, you may be able to build relevant skills in a tech project management boot camp. However, some employers may seek candidates with a degree in engineering, depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.