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  1. Scrum Master service to the Scrum Team

    Suggestion: add one more section "Scrum Master service to the Scrum Team"

    There are some items in "Scrum Master service to the Product Owner" that should belong in "Scrum Master service to the Scrum Team".

    - Helping the Scrum Team understand the need for clear and concise Product Backlog items;
    - Understanding and practicing agility; and,
    - Facilitating Scrum events as requested or needed.
    Ensuring that goals, scope, and product domain are understood by everyone on the Scrum Team as well as possible;

    It does not make sense to put these items under "Scrum Master service to the Product Owner"…

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    • Retrospectives should not be about individual people

      The Sprint Retrospective section says (July 2013):

      "Inspect how the last Sprint went with regards to people, relationships, process, and tools"

      From a humanistic / servant-leader / Deming perspective, I feel "people" is not a good word to use here, since it can easily be misunderstood or misconstrued. "Relationships" probably already covers the associated issues.

      But if we want to discuss people issues explicitly here (rather than out-of-band), then I would hesitantly suggest "behaviours" as a replacement. And I would put it last, not first.

      [Aside: When articulating such a Retrospective list, I usually also call out "policies" explicitly. Although,…

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      • 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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        • 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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          • 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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                    • replace the word "backlog" by "wantlog"

                      I have receive feedback that at least in Sweden the word "Backlog" has a negative ring to it, it means a list of things that we already should have done eg we are always late!! Why not change to a more positive word. Comparing to when people say I need/must do this instead of saying I want to do this... So to mentally automatically inspire members of teams talk about a "Wantlog", a log of things we Want to do.

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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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                              • 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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                                    • Move "Each increment is additive" from "Definition of Done" to "Increment"

                                      The section "Definition of Done" includes the following paragraph:

                                      "Each Increment is additive to all prior Increments and thoroughly tested, ensuring that all Increments work together."

                                      Looking at the text preceding and following it, this paragraph looks a bit out of place. Also, unlike the other bits related to the Increment in this section, it does not refer to "Done" at all.

                                      I propose moving it to the "Increment" section because it is part of the definition of what an Increment is.

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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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