Scrum Guide 2013

Jeff and I have been working on the next revisions to the Scrum Guide. We will be presenting a webinar about it within a month or so.

We first presented and published Scrum in 1995 at an OOPSLA conference in Tampa, Florida. Almost twenty years have passed. Agile and Scrum have succeeded far beyond our expectations. Actually, we never had expectations beyond using Scrum for ourselves, so anything more was easy.

Between 1995 and the publication of the Agile Manifesto in 2001, Mike Beedle, Martine Devos, Mike Cohn, Deborah Stenner, Tonya Horton, Will Smith, and Alan Buffington all moved Scrum forward, using it and helping us refine it.

After 2001, I started holding Scrum training classes, first called Scrum, then Scrum Master, then Certified Scrum Master classes. Some of the people in those classes had epiphanies. They wanted to help spread Scrum through training and consulting. Some of them (and certainly not all) are Jens Ostergaard, Bob Schatz, Clinton Keith, Boris Gloger, Kane Mar, Peter Borsella, Roman Pichler, Pete Deemer, Will Menner, Gabrielle Benefield, Jim York, the whole group at Citerus in Upsula, Sweden, Alan Shalloway, Michael Vizdos, Hubert Smits, Jean Tabaka and many, many others.

All of us should admire these people. When they started, waterfall was the norm.  Scrum was viewed as inadequate and full of holes. These pioneers were often insulted, called fools and stupid, accused of spreading ideas that would hurt customers, and worse. They spoke at conferences and held classes, most to very small audiences. Even then, most of their time was spent answering waterfall vs Scrum arguments.

I thank them for seeing the light, taking the risk, and improving our profession alongside Jeff and myself, and the rest of us in the agile movement.

15 thoughts on “Scrum Guide 2013

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  3. Thanks for remembering and appreciating the early efforts–I am glad to be viewed as a fool much less often today than when Scrum was younger.

  4. Yes, I was called all of those things, but my wife has since apologized. Not that she was wrong, she just felt bad for me!! I was fortunate enough to be able to connect with Ken over 10 years ago to have him explain this “Scrum thing” to me, and it has been one hell of a ride. I look forward to my 2nd decade of using, teaching, and improving Scrum and agile practices in companies and with professionals that truly want to find better ways to make their customers happy!

  5. Just catching up with your blog, Ken. Better late than never. … Yes, I don’t think any of us saw what Scrum would become at those first Scrum Gatherings. Those opportunities to pick your brain and better understand Scrum have been invaluable to my students over the years. You have further simplified your description of Scrum in this latest version of the Guide – great! Thanks for the thought leadership and persistence. Much appreciated.

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