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Scrum Guide Changes - 2020 vs 2017 What Changed and What's the same?

Are you ready to learn about the latest changes to the 2020 Scrum Guide? How will these changes affect our Scrum teams? Our Sr. Agile Coaches, Marcelo Lopez, and Leon Sabarsky hosted our last meetup to share their findings on the future of Scrum.

According to the co-creators of the Scrum Guide, the 2020 version aims to "bring Scrum back to being a minimally sufficient framework by removing or softening prescriptive language".

Click on the link below to see the full Meetup session.

Key topics

Changes between Scrum guide 2017 and 2020

  • Less prescriptive

  • Removal of IT terminology

  • Definition of Scrum Team

  • Use of Self-Managing over Self-Organizing

  • Use of Accountabilities over Roles

  • Use of Usable over Potentially Releasable

Additions to the Scrum guide 2020

  • Introduction of “Lean thinking”

  • Introduction of “Commitments” to the “Scrum Artifacts”

  • Addition of “Why” to the Sprint Planning Checklist


  • Removed Daily Scrum’s “3-Question-checklist”

  • Removed timeslot on Sprint Review to realign “Incomplete” Increments

  • Removed Refinement “Capacity allocation” limitation

Questions answered

  • Is IT essential for scrum?

  • What is the difference between self-managing and self-organizing?

  • is it ok for a developer to decide what is valuable?

  • What do the new accountabilities mean for the Scrum Team?

  • Can the new changes be “weaponized” in favor of a part of the team?

Watch the full meetup here

Download the PDF here



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