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Rugby the act or method of restarting play after an infringement when the two opposing packs of forwards group together with heads down and arms interlocked and push to gain ground while the scrum half throws the ball in and the hookers attempt to scoop it out to their own team. A scrum is usually called by the referee (set scrum) but may be formed spontaneously (loose scrum)


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 See agile software development and XP.
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And that will be our simple message before the game: that we have shown in the past that we want to scrummage straight and we do scrummage straight, and we scrum legally.
Although a scrummage inside the Huddersfield 22 was driven back by the home pack, Chester's ability to pick up and hang on to possession was rewarded with Baxter nipping through for the score.
Eddie Jones fired his own salvo, the England head coach saying that Wales scrummage "terribly illegally" by repeatedly pre-engaging.
Eddie Jones fired his own salvo, with the England head coach declaring that Wales scrummage "terribly illegally" due to repeatedly pre-engaging.
RBS 6 Nations P England 3 Wales 3 France 3 Scotland 3 Ireland 3 On Thursday, Jones said of Wales: "I'm quite upset about the way they scrummage. They scrummage illegally.
"I have asked the front row to try and scrummage a little bit differently, because we've got to be legal, but we've got to be effective and it's getting that balance right."
"I came to scrummaging a bit late, so I wanted to get down there and just scrummage as much as possible.
Sheridan would have been a key weapon in challenging the Springboks' direct scrummage style and his absence will be a blow to England.
ENGLAND'S coaches are certain Australia will not be soft touches during the scrummage battle in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final.
Jake White's side looked bereft of ideas in the three-quarters and were brutally exposed at the scrummage -so often an area of South African dominance - as France produced a performance that left no doubt they will be real contenders come the World Cup next year.
"And if Marler is forced to scrummage straight I think Samson Lee will come out on top.
Asked whether Wales would raise the issue of Marler's scrummaging with referee Craig Joubert, McBryde said: "Well, yeah, he definitely needs to scrummage legally, otherwise we will be pointing a finger.