Revise the character "informal" from the sprint review meeting.
First the description then a suggestion below it.
In the Scrum guide v. Nov-2017. In Scrum Review section the text contains: "This is an informal meeting, not a status meeting, and the presentation of the Increment is intended to elicit feedback and foster collaboration."
I can't experience any practical effect of the word 'informa meeting'. As English is not my native language, I am not sure if 'informal meeting' has any effect on others. I also asked some coaches,trainers,other scrum masters about what is ment by it. I know the translation of the word, but does it affect our practices? Or does it guide me somewhere?
From the same Scrum guide version: "each event in Scrum is a formal opportunity to inspect and adapt something."
If I combine both, it results in a confusing one: "The informal meeting named Sprint review is a formal opportunity. Sure meeting!=opportunity.
Given that, Sprint review meeting is descibed as "not a status meeting, and the presentation of the Increment is intended to elicit feedback and foster collaboration."
Does descibing it as formal or informal or none of them prior to the above cited sentence affect my sprint review meeting practically?
Additionally, this meetimg is a planned one, has a goal, invitations, room at office place not a restaurant,etc. , which gives it a formal appearance.
I suggest to change the word 'informal' to ' discussion and decission' or elaborate the original one 'informal'
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Dot Tudor commented
I too have the problem with "formal" versus "informal" regarding the events. The definition of "four formal events for inspection and adaptation" (page 5), " ... each event is a formal opportunity to inspect ...." page 9, and then on page 13 under Sprint Review "This is an informal meeting ...". I think to change the sentence to just "This is not a status meeting." would remove the potential for confusion.