Words that do not appear in the Agile Manifesto & Principles:

Sprint
backlog
product owner
manager
PBI (product backlog item)
scrum master
Sprint review
QA team
PMO
release train
product increment
stand-up (or Daily Scrum)
meeting
story point
estimate
velocity
quarterly plan
Jira
productivity
utilization
certification
standardized
process (as a positive)
methodology
ceremony
accountability
responsibility
hierarchy
Jira 🙂

Words that do appear in the Agile Manifesto & Principles:

individuals
interaction
valuable (software)
collaboration
change
customer
deliver…frequently
conversation
technical excellence
simplicity
self-organizing
reflects on…effective
adjusts

And yes, I understand perfectly that the set of words that do not appear in the Manifesto is infinitely large. Let’s stick to words that can damage your agility, but are considered by some to be essential to “Agile.”

2 Comments

  1. Alex on January 25, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    I’d guess that most readers, users and victims 😉 of the Scrum Guide aren’t native speakers and don’t put too much effort into getting deeply into meaning of the words used there. Picking out certain definitions which reinforce or weaken an opinion isn’t very helpful, IMHO. I believe the most effective way is to show that a range of meanings exist to a term.

    E.g. I remember some people talking badly about “commitment” because it’s used as a means to apply pressure, rightfully so. But what about this: “Commitment means we are present when we come to work. We give it our best. We choose to be here.”?

    Maybe a series of articles or a podcast e.g. with Kevlin Henney (likes to talk) on these terms used in the world of (non)-agile software development would be a welcomed cheer up during pandemic?

    • Allen Holub on February 12, 2021 at 8:10 pm

      I discuss accountability and responsibility in this post. Another post on commitment isn’t a bad idea.

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