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  1. Don't prescribe exactly when the sprint goal is set during sprint planning

    Last paragraph of section "Topic One: What can be done this Sprint?" says: "After the Development Team forecasts the Product Backlog items it will deliver in the Sprint, the Scrum Team crafts a Sprint Goal. "

    Change to: "During Sprint Planning, the Scrum Team also crafts a Sprint Goal."

    Rationale for the change: No need to prescribe that the goal should be set AFTER deciding which PBIs to deliver. In many cases it will make sense to set the goal first, and then decide which PBIs make sense to achieve that goal. And that's even implied at the beginning of…

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    • Clarify what the primary function of the Product Owner role is to avoid unintended proxies

      Clarify what the primary function of the Product Owner role is to avoid unconscious proxies

      Clarify: "The Product Owner is responsible for maximizing the value of the product and the work of the Development Team."

      This sentence appears to skim over the primary function of the PO role in six words combined with a secondary, more tactical concern that mixes messages.

      Suggest: "The Product Owner is a business decision making role responsible for maximizing the value of the product being developed using Scrum. At a tactical level, the Product Owner may seek to maximise the value of the Development Team's…

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      • Publish an epub and mobi (Kindle) version of the guide

        For ebook readers, pdf is not convenient, as it is a non-scaling format. Please make the Scrum Guide available for ebook readers (in my case the Kindle)

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        • Like 'Commitment' changed to 'Forecast' can 'Estimate' change to 'Size'?

          First let me be clear, I'm not a fan of #NoEstimates. I see a lot of value in teams Estimating product backlog items. When size comes into play, they will find they do not all have the same perspective on the scope and complexity of the product backlog item.

          However often teams are not comfortable providing estimates because other parts of the organization are considering them as given planning.

          The word estimates has a historic meaning in waterfall projects, and is part of project management methods like Prince2 and PMI. Historically it is considered something you can and should get…

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          • Elevate the status of agreements in Scrum

            Core Scrum introduced the idea that the Definition of Done is not an artifact, but an agreement among the stakeholders, which can change (become robuster) over the course of development. There are other agreements in Scrum, for example the selected product backlog is the result of sequencing by the PO and the Dev Teams forecast of what it can accomplish. Or if the team cannot meet its forecast, it should fail on scope (deliver less than forecast), rather than do overtime or prolong the sprint.

            Other agreements are not core to scrum, serve to improve the performance of the team,…

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            • Clarify who can add to the Product Backlog

              Is the Product Backlog a transparency, inspect and adapt opportunity? If yes, can anyone add to the Product Backlog? Ideally it would be yes so that the Product Owner is not see as an administrative assistant. If someone adds, ideally it triggers a conversation with the PO for their inspection and adaptation. A clarification would be helpful as many interpret "manage" to mean the PO is the only one who can add.

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              • Clarify what "all" means wrt to making the PBL transparent to "all"

                Is this "all in the world"? "all" in the organization? "all" in the universe?

                Idea brought on by (likely) Shu level read of the guide, and I assume that the primary target audience of the SG is Shu.

                Here is the discussion:
                https://www.scrum.org/Forums/aft/1139#4899

                My guess is "all" was intended to be "Scrum Team and stakeholders"

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                • Provide more open assesments as free of cost

                  Please provide E- tutorials and open assessments as free of cost . Because people with lot of scum knowledge hungry , but not have enough money to learn can benefit

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                  • Two topics in Sprint review (clarify purpose)

                    As the Sprint review is described in the Scrum Guide there are two distinct topics.
                    1) Inspect the Increment
                    2) Adapt Product Backlog

                    Inspecting the Increment is looking backwards at what happened during the Sprint, while Adapt the Product Backlog is future looking given the status of the Increment, market, competitors etc.

                    This distinction will clarify the purpose of the Sprint review.

                    It will also help differentiate the Sprint Review topic 2 from the Product Backlog Refinement activity.

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                    • Include the Sprint Goal in the Scrum Artifacts section

                      The Sprint Goal adheres to the definition of artifact (work or value to provide transparency and opportunities for inspection and adaptation.) Promoting it to artifact would make the guide tidier (presenting everything as a role/artifact/event,) facilitate the understanding and make it more difficult to forget it.

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                      • Mention the Sprint Goal in the Sprint Review

                        The Sprint Goal is mentioned 26 times in the Scrum Guide, including in the descriptions of Sprint Planning and the Daily Scrum, yet is entirely absent from the Sprint Review.

                        A good place to add it might be by changing the following statement

                        FROM:

                        The Product Owner explains what Product Backlog items have been “Done” and what has not been “Done”;

                        TO:

                        The Product Owner describes the Sprint Goal and explains what Product Backlog items have been “Done” and what has not been “Done”;

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                        • Clarify the Scrum Master role in the Sprint Retrospective

                          In the section on the "Sprint Retrospective", the last sentence appears to be grammatically incomplete. It reads...."The Scrum Master participates as a peer team member in the meeting from the accountability over the Scrum process". Were some words accidentally left out? Should it have read like this....."from the perspective of accountability over the Scrum process"?

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                          • Rewrite the phrase "various projective practices upon trending" to something more understandable

                            This sentence is not understandable:
                            "Various projective practices upon trending have been used to forecast progress, like burn- downs, burn-ups, or cumulative flows."

                            Upon consulting the dictionary, "projective" is a psychology term meaning “relating to the unconscious transfer of one's own desires or emotions to another person.”

                            And, "projective practices" seems to be an architecture term (as in buildings) having something to do with the theory of planning.

                            Further, “...upon trending” is an odd construction that places a context in which other actions appear to be happening but I don’t understand what this means in this context. For example. “Upon…

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                            • Clarify relation between Product Backlog and Sprint Backlog

                              "All incomplete Product Backlog Items are re-estimated and put back on the Product Backlog."
                              How can you put a Product Backlog Item "back" on the Product Backlog? By definition it is already on the Product Backlog.
                              My interpretation: They are put back from the Sprint Backlog to the Product Backlog. This would mean these sets are disjoint.
                              Which seems unlogical, because per definition the product backlog consists of all things that "constitute the changes to be made to the product in future releases" which includes the Sprint Backlog.

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                              • Scrum process diagram

                                SCRUM PROCESS DIAGRAM: There is a version of the scrum guide converted to a process diagram in http://www.processon.com . Access is free! Discover and enjoy!

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                                • Plan for implementing improvements visible in the forthcoming sprint

                                  Last paragraph of section "Sprint Retrospective" says: "By the end of the Sprint Retrospective, the Scrum Team should have identified improvements that it will implement in the next Sprint."

                                  Change to: "By the end of the Sprint Retrospective, the Scrum Team should have identified improvements that it will implement in the next Sprint. Improvements should be added to the Sprint Backlog"

                                  And

                                  the first paragraph of section “Product Backlog” says: “The Sprint Backlog is the set of Product Backlog items selected for the Sprint, plus a plan for delivering the product Increment and realizing the Sprint Goal.

                                  Change to: “The…

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                                  • Improve the 3 suggested questions for the Daily Scrum

                                    I will just start by saying that I don't like the 3 questions being present on the Scrum Guide.
                                    That being said, as a PST, I've been focusing on how to move people away from the status report mindset since they are so attached to the questions.
                                    Here is my take:

                                    Currently the questions are:
                                    What did I do yesterday that helped the Development Team meet the Sprint Goal?
                                    What will I do today to help the Development Team meet the Sprint Goal?
                                    Do I see any impediment that prevents me or the Development Team from meeting the Sprint Goal?

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                                    • Daily Scrum: Replace 3 questions, even when they are optional

                                      Even when Nov 2017 version made the "3 questions" optional, they are still used by new practitioners, and most of the time, contributes to the micromanagement feeling toward Daily Scrum. Following https://medium.com/@i_2412/daily-standup-most-misunderstood-events-of-scrum-2562a9b3a1d8 , I suggest we drop them all together, or if mentioned, should focus on the Goal and the work, no "who does what"

                                      (z.) What is our (Sprint) Goal?
                                      a. What was done to this SBI since the last Daily Scrum?
                                      b. What will be done to this SBI after this Daily Scrum?
                                      c. Is there any impediment that prevents this SBI from being completed?

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                                        When you find 10,000 other Scrum practitioners (should have passed PSM I) who agree with you, then we give you permission to use it in your version of Scrum.
                                        Call it “Unquestionably Scrum”

                                      • Include an easy signup for people to get notifications when the Scrum Guide changes

                                        I had someone in a Scrum class ask me if there was a way for her to get notifications of when the Scrum Guide changes. I thought it was an interesting idea for consideration.

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                                        • Clarify identification with Team and Sprint Goal in Daily Scrum questions

                                          Adapt the 'Three Questions' in Daily Scrum to make things clearer:

                                          • What did I do yesterday that helped my team meet our Sprint Goal?
                                          • What will I do today to help my team meet our Sprint Goal?
                                          • Do I see any impediment that prevents me or my team from meeting our Sprint Goal?

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