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I took a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course and certification in 2007. Back then, the Sprint Planning, Sprint Review, Sprint Retrospective and Daily Scrum were called Scrum ceremonies.

Reading the current Scrum Guide, I see that these are now called Scrum events. When was this changed?

  • There are certain phrases that instantly indicate that somebody is a CSM, "ceremonies" is one of them. This question highlights an importance in up keeping one's knowledge. – Alan Larimer Feb 26 '18 at 23:38
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I have copies of all of the Scrum Guides. The 2010 version does not use the term "event" or "ceremony", but rather calls them "meetings" and uses the phrase "time-boxes" to refer to any of the things. The 2011 version of the Scrum Guide does use the term "events". Ceremony is a general term that isn't specific to Scrum - without a standard term, it's one that is likely to be familiar to people being trained in Scrum.

  • My collection of Scrum Guides and published changes. (There are often more changes than noted in the revision list.) – Alan Larimer Feb 26 '18 at 23:45
  • @AlanLarimer Wow. I didn't realize that there were so many unnoted revisions. I'll have to dig through those to see if I can find a better answer to the question. – Thomas Owens Feb 27 '18 at 0:07
  • @AlanLarimer Even with your additional guide revisions, the earliest reference to "event" I can find is in the July 2011 Scrum Guide. I can't find any use of "ceremony" with a search (but if something is preventing search from working, such as an image or something, I can still flip through real quick to confirm when I have a bit more time). – Thomas Owens Feb 27 '18 at 0:35
  • Wish I could find that conversation regarding a diff of the 2016-2017 versions. They're usually not major changes, but the semantics of the guide are deliberate so each change is important. I found the same results (2011 version) regarding "event" as well. – Alan Larimer Feb 27 '18 at 0:40
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    @AlanLarimer There is this thread on the Scrum.org forums that point out things missing from the revision history. There may also be a second thread there (if it wasn't merged into that one). Is that what you were looking for? – Thomas Owens Feb 27 '18 at 0:44

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