July 29, 2021

Back to the foundations of the Scrum framework (11) - How the Scrum Master helps raising Transparency

 Scrum is founded on empirical process control, and transparency is one of the three pillars.

Each of the Scrum Roles exist to also raise transparency to the other Scrum Team members and the stakeholders. If you feel that there is a lack of transparency for any aspect of your initiative, check who is best placed to bring clarity.

Note: transparency is way more than bringing “visibility”. It is about reaching ”a common understanding”.

Last one in the list: the Scrum Master and Transparency.

Bring common understanding about what?

  • Why Scrum? What is Scrum? Why and what is the theory behind Scrum? Why and what are the Scrum Rules? Why and what are the Scrum Values? Why are all these existing (which we are covering in these short reads...)
  • Which interactions between the stakeholders and the Scrum Team are helpful, and which aren’t? Why is this?
  • (my personal favourite) How effective is the Scrum Team using Scrum? Do they have clear goals; and how frequently are they reaching these? What about the impact of these goals for the business and its customers and users? Do they feel a positive impact?

Bring common understanding to whom?

  • To the entire Scrum Team and the stakeholders


"The Scrum Master is expected to bring a common understanding, to raise transparency. Typically about the effectiveness of the use of Scrum. Are you?"



Prompt: With your entire team, have a conversation about what additional transparency would help you to improve. And see where the Scrum Master can support this.


Here we are 11 short reads further and we have covered how each of the 11 elements of the Scrum framework support raising transparency, the first pillar of empiricism.
Remember, only bringing transparency is not enough. In fact it is a waste of time if you don't use the insights to inspect and to adapt. So next week we'll start looking at how the 11 elements support inspection, the second pillar of empiricism.


I hope you find value in these short articles and if you are looking for some clarifications, or if this raises a number of questions, feel free to take contact at steven @ boostyourscrum . com


PS. Next week we'll start with Inspection in relation to the 11 Scrum Elements.

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How the Product Owner raises Transparency