Recap: The Scrum Guide 2020

January 27th, 2021 by inflectra

On January 21, 2021, Inflectra's Sriram Rajagopalan, Ph.D., led a discussion on the recent changes to the Scrum framework in a live event called: Scrum Guide 2020 - A Deep Dive. If you missed the webinar, please enjoy this recap, complete with the video recording and the presentation. 

In this webinar, the presenter covered the following topics: 

  • Understand the responsibilities of the Scrum Team
  • Pivot on the goal of Scrum as a product management framework
  • Explore the foundations of the Scrum Framework that remain unchanged
  • Specific aspects requiring attention when implementing Scrum.

Scrum 2020 

Scrum 2020 guide, released in late 2020, is relatively lean and less prescriptive. It refocuses Scrum to allow problem-solving much more than just in the context of software development. This shift in approach is significant considering the movements like agile for social good and bringing Scrum to the high schools. Many have adopted Scrum and applied it successfully in some surprising and unconventional environments.

Scrum’s core values of courage, focus, openness, respect, and commitment have not changed. The approach to empirical foundations of transparency, inspection, and adaptation remain intact. Yet, there are some key changes of including:

  • The product goal that is aligned with the strategy
  • Sprint planning is now part of the sprint itself, starting with a goal at the sprint level
  • The onus is equally on the team empowerment as a self-managed unit rather than a self-organized one.

Additionally, a few notable things have been left outside of the Scrum framework itself. Notable exclusions are the three questions to ask in the daily scrum and definition of done. Such considerations have always been part of people that used Scrum.

So, what are the foundational principles that have remained, and what are the essential changes? Better yet, how can some of these suggestions be incorporated? For instance, how does self-management differ from self-organization?

Please review the below webinar recording of “Scrum 2020: Deep Dive” from Dr. Sriram Rajagopalan, where he unpacks critical elements of Scrum. 


Webinar Recording: 

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Webinar Presentation:

Also, we are happy to share with you these webinar slides from the presentation:

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

See you at our next webinar, but in the meantime, stay healthy, stay fit, and keep your distance. 

Webinar recap The Scrum Guide 2020 Sriram Rajagopalan

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