The Scrum Guide Refresh: Now With Added Values!

Episode 44 - 13 Jul 2016

Last week, the Scrum Guide authors Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber went online to talk about the latest refresh - the first in three years.

As it turned out, there is just one change: the addition of a new section, "Scrum Values".

The official Scrum Values are:

  • Commitment
  • Courage
  • Focus
  • Openness
  • Respect

The list is new to the Scrum Guide, but it is not new... as you'll find out in the video.

PS The latest version of The Scrum Guide - in various formats and languages - can be downloaded here:

PPS The webcast, featuring Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber talking about the Scrum Guide refresh, is now available:

The Scrum Guide has changed

It's kind of a big deal

(It doesn't change very often)

What's new?


A Brief History of the Scrum Guide

Hi. This is Gary

Welcome to "Development That Pays".

Last week, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber hosted a webinar to announce a new version of the venerable Scrum Guide.

The pair conceived the Scrum process in the early 90’s.

In 1995 they went public, publishing a paper entitled “SCRUM Software Development Process”.

The Scrum Guide itself didn't see the light of day until 2010.

It was updated a year later...

... and again in 2013.

And then.... nothing.

Until last week.

Scrum Values

The only change: a brand new section, "Scrum Values"

The values are:

  • commitment
  • courage
  • focus
  • openness
  • respect

I was surprised to discovered that the list is not new.

The list actually pre-dates the Scum Guide itself, having first appeared in the book

"Agile Software Development with Scrum" by Ken Schwaber and Mike Beedle. which was published way back in 2001 - nearly decade before the Scrum Guide was published.

Why have the values made there way into the Scum Guide after all this time?

Here's what Schwaber had to say:

“When the values of Commitment, Courage, Focus, Openness and Respect are embodied and lived by the Scrum Team, the Scrum pillars of Transparency, Inspection and Adaptation come to life,”

“We added these values to The Scrum Guide because successful use of Scrum depends on people becoming more proficient in living these five values.”

Your thoughts?

Seems reasonable to me... but I'd be interested to hear your views.

What do you think? Is the new Values section a positive addition to the Scrum Guide?

Do you see a downside?

Let me know in the comments.

A Confession

It's a long time since I've worked in a "proper" Scrum team... and at that time I wasn't even aware that I was "doing Scrum".

So I hadn't actually read the Scrum Guide until this week. And I must say, it's rather good":

  • well structured
  • carefully worded and
  • concise: the "meat" of it is just 15 pages long.

One sentence caught my eye. It's way down here in the End Note.

"Scrum’s roles, artefacts, events, and rules are immutable and although implementing only parts of Scrum is possible, the result is not Scrum."