Scrum (Name)

The software development term scrum was first used in a 1986 paper titled “The New New Product Development Game”. The term is borrowed from rugby, where a scrum is a formation of players. The term scrum was chosen by the paper’s authors because it emphasizes teamwork.

Scrum is occasionally seen written in all-capitals, as SCRUM. While the word itself is not an acronym, its capitalized styling likely comes from an early paper by Ken Schwaber that capitalized SCRUM in its title.

While the trademark on the term Scrum itself has been allowed to lapse, it is deemed as owned by the wider community rather than an individual so the leading capital for Scrum is retained in this article.

Many of the terms used in Scrum are typically written with leading capitals (e.g., Scrum MasterDaily Scrum). However, to maintain an encyclopedic tone, this article uses normal sentence case for these terms (e.g., scrum masterdaily scrum) – unless they are recognized marks (such as Certified Scrum Master).

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