Updates to the Scrum Guide 2020: Facilitating adoption in non-IT Industries

Scrum came into being as a simple and effective framework, with the primary aim to build better software using agile principles. Since its inception in 1995, it has been used to build complex products through an iterative and incremental process. Though intended specifically for the software industry, with an initial focus on software development, it has been gaining popularity in other fields. As agile adoption spread around the world, Scrum started becoming popular in many other fields such as research, sales, marketing, and other technologies.

The Scrum Guide has been developed and maintained by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland since it came into being 25 years ago. It provides a clear definition of the methodology, describes the roles, events and artifacts, and emphasizes the relationship between these factors and the way they are all bound together. The founders have maintained the guide over the year through the feedback provided by specialists and users, updating changes every few years to make the guide clearer and more transparent. The Scrum Guide in 2017 had insinuated that the guide can be used in a context other than software.

On November 18th, a virtual, live event was hosted where the latest changes in the Scrum guide were introduced. The key insights from the founders and other key practitioners regarding the changes were discussed. The changes to the guide are making it crisper, leaner and more transparent. 

Changes to Scrum Guide

Familiarize yourself with the Key Updates to Scrum Guide 2020

The 2020 Scrum Guide has just reinforced the stance that products and services; from medical to finance and marketing, and industries that face complex changes and environments like those in software development, can all make use of Scrum’s focus on transparency, empiricism and self-management to get work done.

Scrum Process

Removing certain elements from the previous guide doesn’t mean that the importance of these ideas has been reduced. They can still be used in different situations. However, the mandatory nature of such action has been eliminated so that the guide can be usable for a wider audience without forcing certain tasks that may not be applicable for that organization. The core principles of scrum; Empiricism, Inspection, and Adaptation are still inherent in the framework. The changes have only been made to encourage the practice of the scrum framework, not only in IT but in other industries as well. Due to the additional clarity inherent in the new guide and the elimination of the prescriptions, practitioners will be able to adapt and finetune the scrum practices to deliver valuable products and services.

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