October 18, 2021


News for Agilists

Reflections on the Scrum Guide 2020 — Part 1: Purpose of the Scrum Guide | by CN | Serious Scrum | Jan, 2021

Right… now that we got that out of the way, let’s dive in and take a closer look at the new Scrum Guide’s introductory section.

The Purpose of the Scrum Guide section has changed massively, increasing from the mere three lines in the 2017 edition to four (4) paragraphs in the new 2020 edition.

Let’s break it down and discuss what has been added

We developed Scrum in the early 1990s. We wrote the first version of the Scrum Guide in 2010 to help people worldwide understand Scrum. We have evolved the Guide since then through small, functional updates. Together, we stand behind it.

We are now on the 6th iteration of the Scrum Guide with the first version released back in 2010. What I find extremely interesting is the fact that the Scrum framework was developed in the early 1990s and it took almost 20! years for the first version of the Scrum Guide to be developed. How did knowledge of the Scrum framework spread all these years before the Scrum Guide?

Since the release of the first version of the Scrum Guide, the Guide has indeed evolved with new versions been released in 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017 and the latest in 2020. You can get more information on the revisions here!

As far as the last sentence goes, I just love it!

Together, we stand behind it.

It is incredible that after so many years, Ken and Jeff are still committed to coming together to inspect and adapt the Scrum Guide, in their continuous effort to “help people worldwide understand Scrum”.

Photo by Scrum.org — Scrum Guide Creators: Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber

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