Using Scrum to Plan Your Wedding

In my ScrumMaster classes I always make the point that Scrum is a general purpose framework that can be applied to projects of all sorts. I’ve seen it applied to building construction, marketing, legal cases, families, restaurant renovations, and, of course, all sorts of product development. One of my favorite examples is using Scrum to plan a wedding.

Think about how perfect that is, though. Scrum excels at projects (yes, planning a wedding is project) that are complex and novel. And planning a wedding is both.

I came across a great website last week called, which is a free resource for using Scrum to plan your wedding. Built by Hannah Kane and Julia Smith, the site is a great example of helping move Scrum outside its normal domain. Even if you’re already hitched, check it out for great insights on things like a Minimum Viable Wedding (a great example of that concept!) and sample Wedding Backlogs.

If you are getting married soon, congratulations, and check out their contest to win five hours of free coaching on using Scrum to plan your wedding.



About the Author

As the founder of Mountain Goat Software, Mike Cohn specializes in helping companies adopt and improve their use of agile processes and techniques to build extremely high-performance teams. He is the author of User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and Succeeding with Agile. Mike is a founding member of the Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. He is also the founder of, an online agile training website. He can be reached at or connect with Mike on Google+.