My thoughts on GTD and Scrum

Alon Sabi
Alon Sabi
Mar 1, 2015 · 3 min read

What is GTD?

GTD (Getting Things Done), is a methodology that assist individuals with gaining control and perspective over all activities they would like to accomplish. If this is the first time you read about GTD, you can read some of my other blogs on the subject (starting with this one), or simply google “GTD” or “Getting Things Done”. You will find a lot of information about it.

The official website for GTD is

What is Scrum?

Wikipedia defines scrum as follows: “Scrum is an iterative and incremental agile software development framework for managing product development.” (click here to read the full article).

It is outside of the scope of this blog to cover the SCRUM process, but as with GTD, googling about it will provide you with plenty of information.


How do Scrum and GTD relate?

Lets take a closer look at the GTD building blocks, and explore their connection to the scrum workflow:

The way I think of it, GTD is the equivalent of implementing a scrum process that is time boxed to sprints of one week. I’ve been practicing GTD for quite a few years, but I only started to dive into Agile and Scrum very recently (a few months ago). The analogy between the two systems occurred to me when I first started to look at Scrum.

I welcome feedback from anyone who reads this blog, good, bad, or any insights into this topic.

Please note: I am not licensed, certified, approved, or endorsed by or otherwise affiliated with David Allen or the David Allen Company which is the creator of the Getting Things Done® system for personal productivity. GTD® and Getting Things Done® are registered trademarks of the David Allen Company. For more information on the David Allen Company’s products, please visit their website:

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