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The Scrum Guide is a community website, created and maintained by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber. Via this User Voice forum, you may propose changes to the website, the Scrum Guide itself, or engage in discussion about suggestions others have made. This User Voice is read and supported by the Scrum Guide creators.

Periodic reviews of these suggestions inform the product backlog for the Scrum Guide, but final decisions on changes and functionality are Ken and Jeff's.

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User Voice is in read-only mode while Jeff and Ken create the next release, based on your suggestions in the User Voice, input from the overall Scrum community, and to meet advanced applications of Scrum that are either being made or have been requested.


  1. appoint successors for Ken and Jeff, who should further adapt the Scrum Guide

    I know it's a creepy thought, but we all know life is short, and all sorts of things can happen.

    In the future those people who will be new to Scrum, will find it reassuring to know that the responsibility for further advancing the Scrum Guide was granted jointly and personally by both Jeff and Ken to certain individuals, who will be the new Scrum Leaders in the absence of the founding fathers.

    In other words, putting Ken' and Jeff's successors name in the Scrum Guide will make it clear who picks up the torch and takes Scrum further.

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  2. Remove the team-in-a-team working.

    To me, there is only one team, made up of an SM, PO, and developers. Right now, the SG says that the "Scrum Team" contains an SM, PO, and a separate "Dev... team." That statement is interpreted by many as meaning that the SM and PO are not really part of the team, and that any tension of conflict between (most often) the PO and the "team" is deliberate and useful. Is that the intent of using the team-in-team structure? If not, then I'd get rid of it and just say that the Scrum Team is made up of a…

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  3. Align the description of the scrum master role and the description of the retrospective

    When reading the description of the SM role, the SM is responsible for causing change to improve the productivity of the team. However when reading the english description of the retrospective, there's a broken sentence that can be read as if the scrum team is accountable for the process. Having the SM responsible for causing change to the process, while the scrum team is accountable for the process itself seems to create unwanted tension. If the SM is responsible for causing the change, why shouldn't the SM be accountable for the process?

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  4. Make Grooming an official Scrum Event

    Hi guys,

    We've been spending quite much time for pre-planning or Grooming. That's why I'm suggesting to make this event an official scrum event. I always set up a separate meetings for my teams called Groomings, and I noticed that my colleagues are doing the same essentially. Thanks in advance!

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  5. SCRUM guideline : "What can be done this Sprint?" this sentence is grammatically wrong.

    SCRUM guideline : "What can be done this Sprint?" this sentence is grammatically wrong. It should be "What can be done in this Sprint ?"

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  6. Replace "a Sprint goal" with "a Goal" in a sentence

    Hello,

    I am referring to Scrum guide november 2017

    In section "Monitoring Progress Toward Goals" of Scrum guide (page 16), following is mentioned :
    "The Product Owner tracks this total work remaining at least every Sprint Review."

    In section "Monitoring Sprint Progress" of Scrum guide (page 17), following is mentioned :
    "The Development Team tracks this total work remaining at least for every Daily Scrum to project the likelihood of achieving the Sprint Goal."

    In section "The Sprint" of Scrum guide (page 9), following is mentioned :
    "Sprints enable predictability by ensuring inspection and adaptation of progress toward a Sprint…

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  7. describe how line management should support the Scrum implementation

    Mostly all Scrum implementations will fail, if management doesn't support them.
    So what is the role of management in Scrum?

    - Management is responsible to create the right (what's that again) environment so that people can self manage, to sponsor the Scrum team

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  8. add a section for well known and proven practices that support the application of Scrum

    The Scrum Guide is not very specific about what tools can be used to support your Scrum implementation. I guess there are a few well known and proven practices out there like story points, velocity, DoR, and many more.

    I think it would be great, if the guide would provide some hints on the proven practices to provide guidance for the individual Scrum implementation. Please state as well, that those practices have proven to be helpful for a lot of people, but that does not automatically mean they will work for you.

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  10. Add Learning as a Scrum value

    The lifeblood of Scrum are the Scrum values and they are critical to the success of Scrum. The lacking value is is that of Learning. As a value one can say

    Learning Scrum, agile and other practices
    Learning to work as self-organising team
    Learning other peoples views in conversations and events
    Learning ways to plan the sprint in Sprint Planning
    Learning better ways to plan then next 24 hours in Daily Scrums
    Learning to create better products increments during the sprint
    Learning from feedback during Sprint Review
    Learning new ways in Sprint Retrospect

    Learning enhances every other Scrum value, for…

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  11. Rename Sprint Review to Product Review

    The Sprint cadence happen to be the frequency of this event in Scrum, but the main thing to inspect, isn't that the Product? What's in there (the increment)? What's out there?

    The current name, Sprint Review, may indicate that the Sprint that's almost at an end, and the work performed in that Sprint, is the primary focus of this event. I'm suggesting that's the wrong focus - the thing we're really focusing on is the product, how it's doing and what we want to do with it.

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  12. specify if the sprint backlog must be executed in top to bottom order

    In the company that i work, that is the ideia by some of the folks that the stories order to be executed by the development team is always top to bottom, because the product backlog is organized that way, and, in theory, the most valuable stories are at the top.

    In practice, this is used to imposed which person will do which story, eliminating the minimum of personal freedom in story picking that i think make a team healthy.

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  13. Since Scrum is a framework, why is the Stand-Up/Scrum event so specifically prescribed as a "Daily Scrum?"

    I understand daily is the overwhelming frequency and also a good practice for the overwhelming majority of scrum projects. Don't misunderstand - I'm a big believer in daily scrums.

    However, especially as Scrum is used for more and more non-IT projects of all types, couldn't the scrum frequency be more or less frequent that daily? It seems that the frequency might also be correlated to the sprint duration.

    I submit this suggestion more in the spirit of keeping Scrum at the level of a framework and not a methodology or set of rules than I do to try to change…

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  14. A wrong backlog name used in Cancelling a Sprint

    It is in the chapter "Cancelling a Sprint":
    All incomplete Product Backlog Items are re-estimated and put back on the Product Backlog.

    Here should be:
    All incomplete Sprint Backlog Items are re-estimated and put back on the Product Backlog.

    p/s
    To re-estimate all incomplete Product Backlog Items looks like a huge job which does not have a big sense for a Sprint Cancelation. To re-estimate Sprint Backlog will be enough.

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  15. Clarify chronology of events

    In the English language version of 2017 Guide, it is unclear if there is an intended order to the four events and, if so, what that order is. Can Sprint Planning happen at the end of the Sprint for an upcoming Sprint or should it happen at the beginning for the current Sprint? Or is either acceptable within Scrum's framework? The intent/rule for event order needs clarified.

    In most places that describe Sprint Planning, the Guide says it is done for "the Sprint" which presumably means the current Sprint and implies Sprint Planning is the first of the four events…

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  16. Clarify whether in-sprint change is OK, or verboten - and effect on acceptance criteria

    Guide says that "Sprint Goal gives the Development Team SOME FLEXIBILITY regarding the functionality implemented within the Sprint" and "if the work turns out to be different than the Development Team expected, they collaborate with the Product Owner to negotiate the scope of Sprint Backlog within the Sprint."

    This change seems pretty significant but wasn’t addressed in the webinar or summaries of the 2017 guide changes. It seems a reversal of traditional guidance to minimize or eliminate changes to functionality during the sprint, to expose improvement areas and encourage transparency.

    Also, does the “work” –refer to tasks, or the actual…

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  17. 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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  18. Responsible or accountable for managing Product Backlog

    According to some definitions, de person who is responsible will do the actual work. In de section of 'The Product Owner' first it is stated that the Product Owner is responsible for managing the Product Backlog and after the bullets it is stated that the Development Team may do the above work but the Product Owner remains accountable. I would say that it had to be; 'The Product Owner is the sole person accountable for managing the Product Backlog.'

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  19. Daily Scrum: misleading sentence

    NOV 2017 version of Scrum Guide

    The Daily Scrum Section has the following sentence:

    "If others are present, the Scrum Master ensures that they do not disrupt the meeting."

    My Concerns:

    1) Per the Scrum Guide, in the section about the Scrum Master role, the SM is NOT required to attend the Daily Scrum. So, how can the SM be responsible for non-Dev Team members speaking at Daily Scrum if the SM does not need to be present?

    2) Per the Scrum Guide, in the section about the Scrum Master role, the SM is responsible to help the Dev Team…

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  20. Link to all headings

    I believe it would be very helpful for those of us who are referencing the scrum guide to be able to send links to our colleagues to section of the scrum guide.

    I have observed that currently many h2 and h3 heading elements have html id attributes and are referable by appending the id as the fragment in the URL (http://www.scrumguides.org/scrum-guide.html#theory).
    However some are missing and I think any section worthy of a heading should be referable (all heading elements - h1-h6).
    So what I am proposing is to ensure that all heading elements have an html id…

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