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Word "Formal" in terms of Artifacts

Last post 05:37 pm May 3, 2023 by Paweł Sienkiewicz
3 replies
07:06 am May 3, 2023

I would love to know if my understanding of the word "formal" in terms of Artifacts is correct. 

There were many blog posts about 4 formal events (I really recommend this one:… ) but I wasn't able to find anything about artifacts.

Scrum Guide 2020 intruduced Formal Artifacts as: "With Scrum, important decisions are based on the perceived state of its three formal artifacts. Artifacts that have low transparency can lead to decisions that diminish value and increase risk."

My understanding is simple : Scrum Artifacts are formal because they are supporting Inspection & Adaptation process in 4 formal events by enabling transparency.

What are your thoughts about it? 
Thank you!

12:10 pm May 3, 2023

The Scrum Guide says:

Scrum exists only in its entirety and functions well as a container for other techniques, methodologies, and practices.

Hence regardless of whatever else an organization might include when implementing the framework, they must observe and respect the formal elements as a minimum.

03:22 pm May 3, 2023

I like this definition of formal when considering the Scrum framework...

having a conventionally recognized form, structure, or set of rules

Artifacts and Events are key elements that provide the empirical form and structure for the Scrum framework.

04:44 pm May 3, 2023

Thank you Ian and Ryan. That's helpful!

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