Scrum 2020

Assessment Template Details

Lean Agile Intelligence

Scrum 2020

Scrum is a lightweight framework that helps people, teams, and organizations generate value through adaptive solutions for complex problems. This template focuses on the practices and characteristics of a high-performing Scrum team. Influenced by many Scrum thought leaders and the recent version of the Scrum Guide (2020), this template provides an opportunity for Scrum teams to reflect and improve on the behaviors, qualities, and practices required of a high-performing Scrum team in today’s fast-moving business environments.

Ideal For

New and seasoned Scrum teams.


Works of thought leaders that influenced the Practice's Technique Criteria, assigned Agility Stage, and impacted Business Outcomes.

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Questions/Practices by Practice Dimension

15 total practices

Value Driven

• Team Backlog Refinement
• Team Product Backlog
• Team Product Owner


• Team Accountability
• Team Safety
• Team Synergy


• Team Definition of Done
• Team Focus on Quality


• Scrum Team
• Team Daily Stand-Up
• Team Sprint
• Team Sprint Planning
• Team Sprint Review


• Team Retrospective


• Team Scrum Master

Practice Technique Criteria Example

Team Backlog Refinement

Starting (0)
  • There is a lack of activity in which the team further defines the Product Backlog and creates a shared understanding of the work to achieve their collective goals
Developing (1)
  • Ongoing activity that occurs on cadence 
  • Is attended by the right people to progressively elaborate and decompose PBIs
  • Desired outcomes (i.e., Vision, Strategy, Goals, etc.) is considered when refining PBIs
  • Includes rich conversation, PBI writing, decomposition, team-based estimation (i.e., planning poker),  and progressive elaboration on acceptance criteria and quality assurance
  • Dependencies are called out
Emerging (2)
  • Surfaces ambiguity, risk, and the need for research spikes
  • PBI readiness criteria is established, and Backlog Refinement is geared towards meeting that criteria
  • Used as not only a requirement activity but also a planning activity
  • Time-boxes are used for PBI Refinement to avoid analysis paralysis
Adapting (3)
  • Informal Product Backlog Refinement activity is naturally occurring amongst team members beyond the formal event
  • Refinement of a PBI continues until it is sufficiently independent to be worked on by the team without excessive coordination
  • Iterative Planning (i.e., Sprint Planning) meetings are smooth and fast due to the readiness of PBIs and clarity on purpose and scope
  • The team coaches other teams on advanced Backlog Refinement techniques
Optimizing (4)
  • Thanks to the team’s success, influence, and commitment to knowledge sharing, the team’s advanced Product Backlog Refinement techniques have been adopted throughout the enterprise and is considered a best practice supported by leadership