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The Creators of Scrum, Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, Update the Scrum Guide

November 7, 2017

Changes emphasize greater flexibility and clarity within the Scrum framework

Boston – November 7, 2017, the mission-based organization dedicated to improving the profession of software delivery through training, certification assessments and community, and Scrum Inc., the world’s premier Scrum training and consulting provider, today announced that Scrum co-creators Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland have made updates to the Scrum Guide, the body of knowledge of Scrum. These are the first updates to the Scrum Guide since July 2016.

The changes, which were determined through community feedback and voting via the Scrum Guide User Voice website, were announced by Schwaber and Sutherland in a webcast earlier today.  An emphasis on flexibility regarding application of the Scrum framework, clarity to overcome misconceptions associated with Scrum and better understanding of inspection and adaptation are some of the major changes Scrum practitioners will find in the updated version of the guide.

True Scrum is a framework with no limitations to where, and when it can be employed. Although Schwaber and Sutherland initially focused on software complexity, they have found applicability for Scrum in many areas of business and technology including integrated, embedded and advanced technologies.

“As new technologies and practices have evolved over time, a misconception that Scrum is rigid has arisen and these changes will resolve that,” said Schwaber. “Scrum is truly an empirical process that is not prescriptive and is adaptable by the teams using it. You’ll no longer find the words ‘there are no exceptions’ in this guide and with that comes the clarity that many releases can occur during a Sprint. We look forward to how the community will embrace this update.”

While updates are made at the discretion of Schwaber and Sutherland, recommendations and feedback from the community who are implementing these practices every day with organizations around the world are integral to the advancement of Scrum and fuel these periodic updates.

“First and foremost, we want to thank our extended team of Scrum practitioners, who offer valuable insight into the day-to-day implementation of The Scrum Guide,” says Sutherland. “Without their input, the Scrum Guide would not be the living document that it is. Scrum continues to evolve in its use in delivering value to any industry.”

The recording of the webcast will be made available soon by Schwaber, Sutherland and both organizations. The Scrum Guide can be found at Offered for license under the Attribution Share-Alike license of Creative Commons, its copyright allows for reuse as long as it is credited back.


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Allison Stokes

fama PR