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  1. Honour Mike Beedle

    It would nice if the history section of the Scrum Guide made mention of Mike B.

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    • Make clear distinction between self-organization and sustainable pace

      Contrary to XP and the Agile Manifesto Scrum doesn't mention sustainable pace. It does mention self-organization.

      I do believe that self-organization does not cover the concern of Sustainable Pace. I do however firmly believe that Scrum done well requires a sustainable pace.

      This is why I suggest adding this sentence:
      “The Development Team should work in a sustainable pace which the team can maintain indefinitely”.

      See link for more on this: https://medium.com/serious-scrum/does-scrum-protect-your-team-from-burning-out-4ec4376801e

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      • Agile for individual work

        The Guidebook says the agile framework is effective for appropriate number of team members, but I think the principle, such as putting emphasis on transparency or priority, also will be effective for the tiny team or even for the person working individually.

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        • Scrum Master should understand the domain or product on which team is working

          I have been observing in one of the Scrum teams that they tried introducing a new Scrum Master who is unaware of the technology and product on which the team is working. Scrum Master contributes only by asking team members to put comments on their user stories, estimate them and sending mails and calendar invites. After 3 months of waiting (where I assumed that Scrum Master will be able to develop product understanding and contribute to team), I see team is still not able to get even a single benefit from Scrum Master. Due to this, even some team members…

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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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            • Introduce the concept of Sprint 0 for teams to get started

              1. There is a minimal time which is needed for teams to develop an outline of their product backlog, basic infrastructure and technical setup. Also, defining team norms, agreeing of certain degree of preparation for teams to start delivering any increment. Thus, the sprint 0 should have defined checklist and activities done for getting teams to get started.

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              • Why Sprint Goal inspection at least monthly?

                When we read (in the section Sprint) that “Sprints enable predictability by ensuring inspection and adaptation of progress toward a Sprint Goal at least every calendar month.” it simply says to us that the progress toward a Sprint Goal is inspected/adapted at least monthly. However, we know that on a daily basis the same is done in the Daily Scrum event: “The Development Team uses the Daily Scrum to inspect progress toward the Sprint Goal”. As a result, these two may look mutually contradicting. Suggest correct the first one.

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                • Add "When is Scrum appropriate" section

                  There is a Scrum Reference Card (http://scrumreferencecard.com/ScrumReferenceCard.pdf) that includes a "When is Scrum Appropriate" section (very last page) that I believe is very important for people to read. I am wondering why this "Scrum Guide" website does not have any guidance with respect to the types of projects that are/are not suited to Scrum. Our organization is basically mandating that all projects follow scrum, and sending everyone on Scrum training, but there is no mention of the idea the Scrum is not necessarily the proper "framework" for projects that have "well understood requirements" and are using "proven technologies".…

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                  • Slightly change the Scrum Roles definitions to avoid newcomer confusion

                    Newcomers have a hard time with two particular aspects of the definitions of the 3 roles: 1) the word "team" is used twice and that confuses people; 2) the word "developer" turns off a lot of non-coders.

                    I would suggest wording along these lines:

                    "A Scrum Team has a ScrumMaster, Product Owner and 3-9 other team members who have all the skills necessary to create a potentially releasable product increment every Sprint."

                    That way the word "team" is only used once. We get rid of the "developer" word that turns off non-coders. We make it clear the rest of the…

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                    • Discuss the objective of the sprint before forecasting work to be done

                      Scrum Guide 2017, in section Sprint Planning, states:

                      The Development Team works to forecast the functionality that will be developed during the Sprint. The Product Owner discusses the objective that the Sprint should achieve and the Product Backlog items that, if completed in the Sprint, would achieve the Sprint Goal.

                      I would suggest to interchange the sentences to:

                      The Product Owner discusses the objective that the Sprint should achieve and the Product Backlog items that, if completed in the Sprint, would achieve the Sprint Goal.
                      The Development Team works to forecast the functionality that will be developed during the Sprint.

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                      • Introduce the concept for non IT systems to use Scrum

                        For now it very focused on building complex products. However, based on the framework best practices how it can used for non IT industries can be a good starting point.

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                        • Rename "Development Team" to "Delivery Team"

                          In my opinion, there are at least three rationals for my suggestion. I look forward to your insights and thoughts about this suggestion.

                          1.) The term "Development Team" fits well for software development teams - while term "Delivery Team" could also be appealing to other areas outside software development. For example we deliver trainings, we delivery hardware, we deliver marketing campains...

                          2.) The members of a "Development Team" are often seen as "developers" - missing all the other roles that are necessary to create a shippable increment, such as testers, build and integration specialist, etc. Yes, we say the team…

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                          • Don't prescribe adding estimates to PBIs

                            Estimates should be optional - many Scrum teams are able to work without using story points, hours or T-shirt sizes. They simply count their stories per sprint and slice as small as possible. This may be under the topic of #NoEstimates, bur my suggestion is not say don't use estimates, but instead make it an optional practice. Similar to how using a burn down chart was mandatory in the past but now not. It should be simply a tool. Making it optional also enhances the self organising property of the team.

                            Proposal: remove "estimate" from the line: "Product Backlog items…

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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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                              • Include Backlog Refinement in the Scrum Events section

                                Backlog Refinement adheres to the definition of event (formal opportunity to inspect and adapt something.) Promoting it to event would make the guide tidier (presenting everything as a role/artifact/event,) facilitate the understanding and make it more difficult to forget it.
                                But it would be needed to slightly change the description of event since it states that everything is time-boxed; refinement would be an exception to this rule.

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                                • Include the Definition of Done in the Scrum Artifacts section

                                  The DoD 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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                                  • 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 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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                                      • You don't turn the Product Backlog into Increments, but the items on the Product Backlog

                                        On pag 7, at the first bullet of the paragraph "The Development Team" the text says "...how to turn Product Backlog into Increments...".
                                        I suggest the word "items" is added to the text. So then it would be "...how to turn Product Backlog items into Increments..."

                                        Paragraph "Product Backlog" teaches us that "The Product Backlog is an ordered list of everything that is known to be needed in the product." So the Product Backlog is a list with items, and the items are turned into the increment. The list itself is not turned into an increment, but remains a list.

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                                        • Suggestion for improving the way information about Scrum is presented

                                          It would be great if there was a graphic summary of the Scrum roles, artifacts, events,etc. to supplement the text.

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