The Scrum Values

The Scrum Values

The Scrum Framework is simple in its design but not easy to implement, much less to master.

Scrum Values are there to reinforce the 3 Pillars of Scrum which uphold every implementation of empirical process control of:

  • Transparency
  • Inspection
  •  Adaptation

These are essential to having strong, mature Scrum Teams. As such they are an inseparable part of any Scrum experience.

So what are the Scrum Values?

According to the Scrum Guide, which contains the definition of Scrum and consists of Scrum’s roles, events, artifacts and rules that bind them together, developed by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland., they are the following:

  1. FOCUS: That everyone FOCUSES on the work of the sprint and the goals of the Scrum Team
  2. RESPECT: That Scrum Team members respect each other to be capable, and independent minded people.
  3. OPENNESS: The Scrum Team and its stakeholders agree to be open about all the work and the challenges with performing their work.
  4. COURAGE: Scrum Team members have the courage to do the right thing and work on tough problems.
  5. COMMITMENT: People personally commit to achieving the goals of the Scrum Team.

These values according to the Scrum Guide are the recommended behaviours of what together may be described as the Agile Mindset. It is worth noting however that, an attempt to apply the framework blindly, without considering and fully analyzing the complexity of scenarios in the real world can have undesirable effects to the relationships between stakeholders, Team members as well as unforeseeable pitfalls.

It is therefore always important for the 5 scrum Values to be remembered and as best as can be allowed, to be used as arguments to reinforce the security of the Team as a whole.

Finally, if we all can be responsible for our decisions as Steve Covey describes it, then our behaviours depend on our decisions and not on the conditions.

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