The scrum master is now on the hook for the effectiveness of the scrum team. So the buck stops with the scrum master. And the reason that this was introduced, I believe, was to stop situations where scrum masters were asking lots of Socratic questions and doing lots of observation, which is a really good thing to do. But they were just watching this and bad behavior was happening on their watch. Unhealthy conflict was happening on their watch. The team’s performance was going down on their watch. And so it was felt that it was a good move to have somebody on the hook for the effectiveness of the team.
What level of travel is involved when people are producing your products and services? Are we getting components on the other side of the planet when they could have been sourced more locally and so on? So it’s quite a broad area and there’s lots of things you can do There are no silver bullets for this.
If you want to improve sustainability, consider it in terms of how you prioritize value, how you order your backlogs in scrum kanban, how you do your experiments and consider can we achieve more competitiveness in the market by providing a more sustainable product or service without increasing cost. Take your sustainable product, if in doing so, it’s going to cost them more. So there’s going to be some level of R and D to try and figure this out, but that would be my nudge on sustainability.
Who writes acceptance criteria?. Should you even have acceptance criteria? It's a loaded question, because it's assuming that we're using user stories. And in user stories typically you might say in order to deliver a particular type of value, some particular persona wants or needs something in order to do so, and then you typically list off your acceptance criteria.
These are the things that if they were in place, I would be happy with it. And then you might have some non-functional acceptance criteria. It needs to comply with a particular international standard, or it needs to perform it in a particular period of time. Acceptance criteria are very useful because when the team is working on the work item, they have a sense of what work they need to do to help to deliver that.