This evening I followed a webinar by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, the founding fathers of the Scrum Guide. They announced that they added, based on feedback, the following five Scrum values to the guide: commitment, focus, openness, respect and courage. During the webinar each value was explained and it ended with an overview of the official changes in de Scrum Guide.
The official changes:
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 and builds trust for everyone. The Scrum Team members learn and explore those values as they work with the Scrum events, roles and artifacts.
Successful use of Scrum depends on people becoming more proficient in living these five values. People personally commit to achieving the goals of the Scrum Team. The Scrum Team members have courage to do the right thing and work on tough problems. Everyone focuses on the work of the Sprint and the goals of the Scrum Team. The Scrum Team and its stakeholders agree to be open about all the work and the challenges with performing the work. Scrum Team members respect each other to be capable, independent people.”
I would say it is a great idea that they added these Scrum values to the official guide but I still miss pictures, drawings, etc. to explain. For me these pictures are much more valuable to understand than only words and it can make the guide shorter and much more easier to read.
To download the latest (July’2016) version of the Scrum Guide: Scrum Guide
To make suggestions for the Scrum Guide: User voice