Backlog Refinement, Sprint - not formal events for inspection and adaptation

Last post 11:24 pm September 22, 2015
by Ian Mitchell
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05:31 am September 22, 2015

Hello Fellow Scrummers,
I would love to hear your thoughts on the followings questions:

1. Why 'Backlog Refinement' is not listed as a 'formal event for inspection and adaptation' in the Scrum Guide?
2. Why 'Sprint' is not listed as a 'formal event for inspection and adaptation' in the Scrum Guide?

As I understand:
1. The primary purpose of the Backlog Refinement is to inspect the items on the Product Backlog and adapt it by refining the PBIs into smaller, clearer items.
2. During a Sprint continuous inspection and adaptation happens as the team works on the Sprint Backlog Items.

Cheers!
Mandar K

11:24 pm September 22, 2015

Backlog refinement isn't an event, it is an ongoing activity within each Sprint.

Scrum keeps formalities to a minimum, and most of the collaboration that occurs during a Sprint is expected to be informal. Planning, reviews, retrospectives, and the 15 minute Daily Scrum are the only prescribed formal events. Formality can therefore be seen to be a matter of exception.