The DevOps Institute (DOI) is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Scrum.org.  Scrum.org is a global community committed to the improvement of software delivery.  It was founded by Ken Schwaber, the co-creator of Scrum and co-author of the Scrum Guide.  The DevOps Institute was formed in 2015 as the global learning community around emerging practices in Continuous Delivery and DevOps.  This alliance represents an important step in building bridges and integrating many of the practices that span the entire IT spectrum.  In forging this relationship, DOI and Scrum.org are embracing the spirit of cooperation, communication and collaboration that is inherent in both Agile and DevOps.

Scrum was born out of the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto – a declaration intended to encourage IT professionals to prize interactions and outcomes over artifacts and documentation.  While originally authored by software engineers, the Agile Manifesto reminds all of us that it is more important to “be agile” than to “do agile”.  DevOps certainly carries that message forward throughout the deployment pipeline with its emphasis on culture, automation, measurement and sharing (CALMS).  Product development and delivery is no longer an activity performed only by software development teams and passed downstream.  Today’s flow from idea to value is happening in rapid cycles.  Agile software delivery therefore requires frequent and incremental interactions between Dev, Ops, Security, Operations and automation.

The theory of empiricism that underpins the pillars of Scrum equally applies to DevOps.  Empiricism teaches us that all knowledge comes from experience – a philosophy that is supported by DevOps by encouraging experimentation, practice and learning.  It is only by instilling agile thinking and empiricism throughout all of IT that organizations can achieve end to end agility.

Working together, Scrum.org and the DevOps Institute will seek to graft our communities, encourage dialogue and debate and support the cross-pollination of knowledge and experience through shared learning and collaborative opportunities.  We will build the foundation for a competency framework that spans multiple IT domains and equips the modern IT professional with the necessary skills and credentials to succeed in today’s fast paced software driven economy.

The DevOps Institute and Scrum.org will officially launch it’s relationship at the DevOps Connect/Scrum Days/ Jenkins Days event in Dallas, TX on April 24-26.  Educational opportunities will be available at this event in a variety of topics, including an introduction to ScrumOps – the integration of Agile, Scrum and DevOps.  This is first in a series of events where we will showcase our partnership and engage our communities together.  We hope to see you there.