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Scrum is a learning framework not a planning tool

I see that most people perceive the scrum framework as a planning tool. I think that it is wrong and I think it is a learning tool. You create a plan in order to learn new stuff when something did not happen according to the plan.

This is also supported be the agile manifesto that states you should “Responding to change over following a plan”

Goal and reaching a deadline

During my work as a scrummaster I had a talk with my product owner about a continuous delivery epic with the following goals: 5 releases a sprint, 0 bugs found in production and 0 roll backs during a sprint.

The product owner asked how long it would take to reach these goals and I replied I don’t know and then product owner concluded that the epic was not well defined.

Is this true?

I don’t think so, because when a deadline is reached you measure up againts the goals. If the goal is not reached we define further action to reach the goals and maybe define a new deadline. The point is that I do not think time is important when you define a task.