How to handle extreme problems coming form the outside within a sprint! Do we really need to abort the sprint? Different solutions? — Vienna
An abnormal termination is an abnormal termination. As long as the team believes they can do it, they will try it and succeed. The important point here is: the team decides. No one else. An abnormal termination is done when the Sprint Goal is not reachable anymore. By continuing to move in a direction without hope of achieving the desired Goal is nothing more than sending your troops on a “death march.”
Before you abort a Sprint you have executed the “emergency procedure”
- Find someone else to do it.
- Drop backlog items
- Abort the Sprint
Self-organization does not mean you are free to change the SPRiNT Goal within the SPRiNT or you can decide not to deliver. Self-organization means, the team has to find the best way to reach the goal themselves. Nothing else. It is not a free ticket to do whatever you want. But giving the authority to the team so that they can do whatever it takes.