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  1. Consistently capitalize the words "Increment" and "Increments"

    The Increment is the only artifact that isn't consistently capitalized in the Scrum Guide (i.e., it appears sometimes as "Increment" and other times as "increment"). (Note that this is an issue for the plural form too.)

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    • improve the daily scrum questions to support "best effort" in the sprit of continuous improvement

      Human behavior is established when you focus on "doing your best" every day according to Marshall Goldsmith "Triggers" being one of the sources.

      I suggest that the three questions be changed to exhibit that ask (just like we have moved commitment to forecast of Sprint goals

      What best effort did I do yesterday that helped the Development Team meet the Sprint Goal?
      What best effort 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 our best effort towards meeting the Sprint Goal?

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      • Release Planning - Which can help us to predict the time taken to release the Minimum Viable Product

        It would be great if we can define some guidelines on how to do the release planning which helps us to predict the product delivery timelines.
        At the end of the day, product delivery matters the most.

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        • Add below brief video as an introduction

          We tend to read less and watch more movies instead.
          With that in mind I created this video which you could consider adding as an alternative or first introduction.
          https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tr7ODpD8f8o

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          • Concept of "The Sprint"

            Questionable in the ScrumGuide.

            I am not sure when Jeff & Ken decided "The Sprint" would include all meetings. Maybe when you decided sprints (iterations) should run back to back? Remember those discussions and my first sprints as a Scrum Master had gaps between sprints where we would work on the Product Backlog and get PBI's "Ready".

            However, when I hear your talks, read articles, read the ScrumGuide, there is plenty of hints that the Sprint is after sprint planning and before sprint review.

            Sprint planning: As the words say you plan the work for the sprint. How can you…

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            • Change the term "Backlog Refinement" to "Sprint Lookahead"

              I realize that this term has just changed in the last version of the Scrum Guide, and is an improvement over the previous term used (grooming). However, with new teams, one of the frequently asked questions (and sometimes misinterpretation) is that the "Backlog Refinement" is an activity that the PO should do alone, in isolation. Changing the title to "Sprint Lookahead" communicates the idea that this is an activity for the entire Scrum Team, and that this is an opportunity to "Plan Ahead", for future Sprint(s).

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              • Put http://scrumguides.org/scrum-guide.html on GitHub to allow proper discussion

                I suggest moving the scrum guide to a format like Markdown, and to put that text and human friendly format into GitHub or Bitbucket. Then we can actually send proper pull requests, have those reviewed and discussed _with context_.
                In this User Voice forum, there is no context and it's hard to reason about the actual suggestion that people make.

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                • Product Backlogs are actually prioritised not ordered.

                  The change of Product Backlog from prioritised to ordered is actually an error. Priority means "the fact or condition of being regarded or treated as more important than others."

                  This is what we do with PBs. Whether because of risk, or value, or technology - We always work on the most important first.

                  Ordered just means "has an order" - In that way we could use scrum and legitimately work on the meaningless nice to haves rather than the key aspects of the product.

                  This also over empowers the PO role as it means they can decide in totality without…

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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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                    • 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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                      • 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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                        • Change wording of increment definition

                          "The Increment is the sum of all the Product Backlog items completed during a Sprint and the value of the increments of all previous Sprints."

                          I think this counts things from previous increments multiple times.

                          If sprint 1 has value 5, the increment has value 5. Then if sprint 2 has value 4, then the increment has value 4+5=9. Then if sprint 3 has value 6, the increment has value 5+9+6=20. We've counted the value from sprint 1 twice.

                          I think a better wording would be "The Increment is the sum of all the Product Backlog items completed during a…

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                          • How inclusive is a "Scrum Master"?

                            8 March 2019, as we celebrate International Women's Day today, a thought comes to my mind with the term "Scrum Master" and how inclusive it is? Before I proceed, it makes sense to clarify that the term Master utilised by the Scrum Guide addresses a skilled practitioner of a particular art or activity.

                            Sadly, our search engines and dictionaries don't do enough justice to this term. The most widely accepted meaning for the word Master as per our favourite search engines and dictionaries still call it "a man who has people working for him, especially servants or slaves"; other meanings…

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                            • Improve Flow of Sprint Planning

                              In the PSM and PSPO there are great flow diagrams for the Sprint Planning, where Definition of Done and Retrospective Commitments are part of the input for the Sprint Planning. This is inconsistent with the way it is now described in the Scrum Guide.

                              From Scrum Guide, section Sprint Planning, subsection Topic One: What can be done this Sprint?
                              "The input to this meeting is the Product Backlog, the latest product Increment, projected capacity of the Development Team during the Sprint, and past performance of the Development Team."

                              Suggestion: remove "the latest product Increment" (btw: in the rest of the…

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                              • make Scrum Guide publicly annotatable

                                from my point of view, a Web based version of the (English) Scrum Guide that is annotatable and allows for such discussions that are going on here would boost common understanding and contribute to eliminate misconceptions. scrum.org, Scrum Alliance and scruminc should sponsor this collectively.

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                                • add some recommendations for the daily scrum - using a timer fixed to a holder on the scrum board

                                  Fixing the timer on the scrumboard so that everybody in the team can see the time one is allowed to speak has different advantages:
                                  - the speaker can move cards free hand
                                  - listeners don't get nervous if they think somebody talks too long, they see and know if somebody has the right to speak
                                  - the speaker also can see the time and can speed up etc

                                  I think the aim of having the daily scrum timeboxed but still all people in the team could tell their status is easier to reach if you use such a timer and…

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                                  • Small clarification regarding to "Product Backlog"

                                    In the "The Scrum Team" chapter, in the "The Product Owner" sub-chapter we can read: "The Product Owner is the sole person responsible for managing the Product Backlog <...>"

                                    But the definition of the "Product Backlog" comes much later.

                                    I would suggest to add some note in brackets like: "(see the "Scrum Artifacts" chapter)"

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                                    • The PO can do the above work or have the Team do it... Seems an excuse for the PO to do nothing, even if he/she remains accountable.

                                      The PO can ask the Team to help him/her to do the above things. How can you manage your backlog if you're allowed no not even touch it?

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                                      • Daily Scrum

                                        In the Nov 2017 edition under Daily Scrum chapter Page:12, it is mentioned: Daily Scrum is held everyday and the team plans activity for next 24 HRS. Was the author referring to 8 working HRS when he said 24 HRS? Can any one throw some light on this, if I am missing something.
                                        If not, since Agile is very critical to time the Author would have had some idea in specifying 24 HRS

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                                        • Tracking business value

                                          Scrum master role should be ensuring the Product Owner knows how to arrange the Product Backlog to maximize value as well as track planned vs actual business value delivered to business.

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