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Whats in a name – ceremony or practices

Agile ceremonies like sprint planning, stand-ups, visual boarding, refactoring have been sounding like very formal customs that must be practised by all teams. Hence some people/teams prefer using the words practice instead of ceremony.

IMHO it is contextual, and can be used interchangeably. For instance a team that’s new to Scrum project management it should consider the activities like scrum planning, estimation, stand-ups, collaboration, review, refactoring et al, as ceremonies as these need to be minimum steps in ensuring project deliveries.  For a team that has matured through many sprints these activities become practices, implying that customs/ceremonies put into regular routines and become practices.

Also evolution means accommodating and modifying new elements into project management practices, that might involve replacing few practises. This is the essential spirit of Agile – embracing the changes.

As far as teams, learn, practise and perfect – sprint of Agile – What’s in a name?

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.


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