Empiricism and Transparency

Last post 08:00 am June 12, 2019
by Xander Ladage
5 replies
06:15 pm June 11, 2019

Can anyone shed some light or draw some references how Empiricism got linked to Transparency? Is this just an Agile/Scrum thing? I am guessing that Empiricism which is critical to scientific inquiry through Experimentation needs Transparency to facilitate peer review and consensus. But Transparency appears to be something distinct and not really related to Empiricism. The Wikipedia page on Empiricism has nothing about Transparency. And if you do a search for Empiricism, all you get are Agile and Scrum pages. It is obvious these are all linked to the Scientific Method and part of Epistemology. 

This is interesting to me because we are facing questions in the wider society about the Freedom of Speech, which is critical for Scientific Inquiry, Truth and Knowledge I often wonder how this plays out in Tech sector whose culture appear to lean more anti-freedom of speech, while this goes against core Agile values of Openness and Transparency. 

08:59 pm June 11, 2019

What might happen if you attempt to inspect an artifact without transparency into its true state?

10:19 pm June 11, 2019

One of the most important concepts in Scrum in empiricism.  If you read the Scrum Guide you will see the reference, as well as the three pillars of transparency, inspection and adaptation.  Empiricism is in the DNA of Scrum.

If you think about each Scrum event, there is inspection and adaptation going on.  For example, in the Daily Scrum the Development Team is inspecting its progress towards the Sprint Goal, and adapting the Sprint Backlog.  Now if a member of the Development Team knew about a critical impediment that no one else knew about, but failed to attend the Daily, might transparency be lost?  

How might the definition of "Done" help with transparency about the state of the product Increment?

11:44 pm June 11, 2019

My Question/Comment might have been ill-conceived. I was under the impression that the Transparency came from  Empiricism, as Empiricism is a foundation element of the scientific method as it is critical for proper peer review. (As  needed by DOD, Inspection of Artifacts). But Transparency might not be part of Empiricism. 

02:00 am June 12, 2019

Transparency comes from many places.  The Product Backlog being available is transparency.  The Sprint Retrospective provides transparency to the team on what is and isn't working.  The Sprint Review provides transparency to the stakeholders, etc.  

08:00 am June 12, 2019

But Transparency might not be part of Empiricism. 

Indeed. Transparancy CAN come form Empiricism, since empiric data can make things very transparent, but that said, Transparency comes from a lot of factors. Like team members fully opening up during Retro, laying their hearts on the table (figure of speech) is Transparency in one of its purest forms