Abnormal Termination

[ab-nawr-muh l tur-muh-ney-shuh n]

Definition of Abnormal Termination

A stopping of the Sprint by the Scrum Master at the behest of the Team. This is a ‘self-organization thing’ and is often threatened but seldom invoked – it is usually used by the Team as a way of saying ‘you didn’t play nice, so we are going on strike.’


The Abnormal Termination is quite disruptive, but does give the Team the ability to start over with a clean slate.

In drastic cases, this may cause the Product Owner to Cancel the Sprint, or the Team to call for an Abnormal Termination.

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