- Rugby a play in which the two sets of forwards, lined up facing each other in a compact formation, try to kick the ball, which has been thrown onto the ground between them, back to a teammate
- Informal a disorderly group of people crowded together, often in pursuit of a person or thing: orig. Brit.
Origin of scrum; from scrum(mage)
- Sports a. A play in Rugby in which the two sets of forwards mass together around the ball and, with their heads down, struggle to gain possession of the ball.b. The mass or formation of players during such a play.
- Chiefly British A disordered or confused situation involving a number of people.
intransitive verbscrummed scrummed, scrum·ming, scrums
Origin of scrumShort for scrummage.
- A tightly-packed and disorderly crowd of people.
- A scrum developed around the bar when free beer was announced.
- (Canada) Specifically used in the Canadian media to describe a tightly-packed group of reporters surrounding a member of the Canadian House of Commons while in the Parliament Buildings.
- A scrum formed around Scott Brison shortly after he announced his candidacy for the federal Liberal leadership.
- (rugby) In rugby union or rugby league, all the forwards joined together in an organised way. Also known as a scrummage.
- In Agile software development, a daily meeting in which each developer describes what they have been doing, what they plan to do next, and any impediments to progress.
- (software, development) An iterative and incremental agile software development method for managing software projects and product or application development.
scrum - Computer Definition
An agile software development methodology developed by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland in the mid-1990s. Scrum is based on a "Sprint," which is typically a 30-day period for delivering a working part of the system. Each Sprint starts with a two to three-hour planning session that includes the customer (product owner), the facilitator (Scrum master) and the cross-functional team. The customer describes the highest priority in the backlog, and after the team agrees on how much of it to do, it is left alone to do it. To keep the team synchronized, there is a 15-minute meeting every day. At the end of the Sprint, the results are delivered and reviewed, and the next Sprint is started. Scrum and Extreme Programming (XP) Work Well Together Scrum projects support the use of any software engineering discipline. However, since XP (Extreme Programming) and Scrum share many core practices, Scrum and XP integrate well together. The name comes from the sport of rugby, where a scrum is the mechanism for getting the ball moving after it has gone out of play. For more information, visit www.controlchaos.com. See agile software development and XP.