Differences between the 2017 and 2020 Scrum Guide

The previous version of the Scrum Guide was published in 2017. 3 years later, a new version has been launched at the end of 2020. A new and more concise Scrum Guide full of areas for improvement. When you compare both versions, you immediately see that the new version is a lot shorter. The main differences were through Agile Scrum Group we have researched and listed for you in this article.

  1. Easier use of language
    Around the Scrum Guide more accessible to a large target group, redundant and complicated passages have disappeared. IT-related terms have also been removed. For example, you may notice that the Scrum Guide is a guide for anyone who wants to work with Scrum. In addition, less use is made of prescriptive language. This reads better.
  2. From Development Team to Developers
    The term Development Team will no longer exist in 2020. This has been replaced by the term Developers, or developers. In the previous version of the Scrum Guide, a Scrum Team consisted of a team with a team within it, the Development Team. To eliminate this strange relationship between Product Owner and Development Team, the Development Team is now called the Developers.
  3. Introduction of the Product Purpose
    In addition to the Sprint Goal, the 2020 Guide also introduces the Product Goal as an instrument to focus the Scrum Team on the larger and more valuable goals. The Product Goal is the long-term goal of the Scrum Team. Each Sprint brings the team one step closer to this goal. It shows the future condition of the product, which helps the team plan its activities. The Product Goal is in theory located between the Sprint Goal and the Product Vision.
  4. A home for the Sprint Goal, the Definition of Done and the Product Goal
    In the 2017 version, the Sprint Goal and the Definition of Done were described without giving them a place. They hung a bit loose next to the Scrum Artifacts. With the addition of the Product Target, this changes in the version from 2020. The three terms are now attached to three Artifacts.
  • The Product Purpose is linked to the Product Backlog
  • The Sprint Goal is linked to the Sprint Backlog
  • The Definition of Done is associated with the Increment

These various goals were created to achieve transparency and focus.

  1. Self-direction instead of self-organization
    In 2017 the Development Teams were described as self-organizing. Teams choose who does what and how something is done. This has been expanded to self-management in 2020. In addition to choosing who does what when and how something is done, the team also determines which work has priority. The team is therefore self-managing.

These are the main differences between the Scrum Guide from 2017 and from 2020. Quite a lot has changed in three years, but the idea behind Scrum has remained the same. A way to deliver tasks in a clear and customer-oriented way in a more efficient way.

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