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Agile Vs. Scrum: Key Difference Between Agile and Scrum?

  • Naveen Kumar Singh
  • Dec 24th 2019
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To comprehend the difference between Agile and Scrum, first, we must have a better understanding of-

  1. What is Agile?
  2. What is Scrum?

What is Agile?

Agile is an approach/methodology that assists us in the constant iteration of processes of the Software Development Life Cycle such as development, testing, etc. This methodology has established several benefits such as delivering high-value features in short delivery cycles, which were otherwise a challenge in the conventional waterfall approach.

Agile aids to enhance customer retention and satisfaction. This is achieved by breaking down the product into relatively smaller units/builds, resulting in making the activities concurrent. Agile advances teamwork and in-person communication.

Several approaches to implementing Agile-

  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Feature Driven Development (FDD)
  • Extreme Programming (XP)
  • Lean Software Development (LSD)
  • Adaptive System Development (ASD)
  • Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM)
  • Crystal Clear

What is Scrum?

Scrum is a framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value.

Roles in Scrum

  • Product Owner- The product owner is the guardian of requirements. He/she also coordinates between the customers, the business and the team. Meanwhile, the product owner is the one who is responsible for maintaining the product backlog.
  • Scrum Master- The one who is responsible for making sure that the process runs hassle-free and smoothly. ScrumMaster eliminates any hurdles that directly/indirectly affect the productivity of the company.
  • Scrum Team- The scrum team constitutes a bunch of people who are cross-functional and self-organizing, focused on developing and testing the product. An ideal team size would range from five to nine people.

Steps in the Scrum Flow:

  1. Product Backlog
  2. Sprint Planning
  3. Backlog Refinement (recommended)
  4. Daily Scrum
  5. Sprint Review
  6. Sprint Retrospective

Agile vs Scrum



Agile is a development methodology that follows an incremental and developmental approach  Scrum is one of the frameworks of Agile. It follows an iterative and incremental approach called sprints which lasts 2-3 weeks
Agile works best for organizations which small but experienced development teams Scrum is best suited for projects where requirements keep changing 
Leadership plays a key role in Agile Scrum supplements a self-organizing and cross-functional team
Lacks flexibility when compared to Scrum Scrum’s flexibility is its biggest strength since it can adapt to changes quickly 
Open communication is the norm in Agile where face to face interactions happen between cross functional teams Daily stand up meetings are held where Scrum Master, Product Owner, and the team members
Agile needs a lot of structural and developmental changes before the start  Not many changes are required when applying Scrum 
The client feedback loop should be regular in  The client is asked for feedback after every sprint for review
In Agile methodology, each phase of the development process like requirements, analysis, and design is tracked regularly A demo is given to the client after every sprint for feedback 
The Project head oversees the tasks and is the decision-maker The team has no leader so the entire team resolves issues and tasks
Design and implementation should be simple Innovation should drive design and implementation
Continuous delivery of the working product is the priority in Agile Empirical process control is followed in scrum
Functional software is the measure of progress Functional software is the measure of progress

Benefits of Agile Scrum Certification Training:

  1. Agile certification helps you to achieve substantial growth in your career.
  2. The Agile methodology benefits you by helping to bring a change in the mindset and perspective of people working in the industry as project managers
  3. This helps professionals in discovering new practices for the dynamic management of the project.
  4. It helps in learning a technique for planning and also to estimate the cost of a project in an Agile way.
  5. Agile certification helps you to have expertise in Project Management and in various job roles associated with Senior Management.


The Agile methodology is one of the most successful and productive means to drive your organization ahead, implement and deliver values. Several giant software companies across the globe have embraced this framework to attain digital transformation. You can become Agile or learn more about Agility by enrolling in our classes conducted by our consultant or visit our schedule.
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Naveen Kumar Singh

Naveen is a Lean-Agile Coach, Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) and Internationally acclaimed Speaker in many Conferences and Agile events.

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