When talking about Scrum, the question often comes up about "customization." Each team is expected to customize things to their environment. But when you're adopting it for the first time, how far is too far? I've heard other analogies surrounding baseball, here's mine:
What is baseball? Softball is still pretty much baseball. T-ball is still pretty much baseball. What about Cricket? While it has bats and balls and running around, it isn't baseball.
My "short list" for scrum is:
Work is stack ranked in a product backlog, sized relatively
Work may begin before product backlog is "complete"
Work done in iterations
Daily standups for status