• Tim Burns

Taking back Scrum - Defects Over Stories

Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools.

That applies to Scrum because Scrum is a tool. When a developer finds a defect in the sprint, the defect work takes precedence over any stories in the sprint. As a product owner, it's important to know this. If the product owner doesn't know it, then it's up to the scrum master to correct them.

Per the scrum guide:

During the Sprint: - No changes are made that would endanger the Sprint Goal

Nope. A defect should take precedence, and it is the Product Owner's job to recognize this and adjust the plan accordingly.

That's right folks - we break this rule because of #1. We are software developers building quality software and if an individual is blocked because of a defect, we fix the defect before worrying about whether the sprint goal is achieved.

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