July 8, 2021

The Four "Meta-Questions" Behind All Scrum.org Scrum Assessment Questions

EPIPHANY

I might have had an epiphany as I was teaching one of my recent classes. OK, maybe two.

  1. All Scrum.org Scrum assessment questions have a question behind the question.
  2. All questions behind the question are really one of four "meta-questions" 

THE FOUR "META-QUESTIONS"

OK, so here is my perspective about the four "meta-questions" that might help you evaluate the options available as answers to each Scrum.org assessment question...

1. SCRUM OUTCOMES: Which option(s) is(are) most aligned with the desired outcomes of Scrum – 

  • Increasing Value
  • Decreasing Waste
  • Optimizing Predictability
  • Managing Risk

 

2. SCRUM 3-5-3: Which option(s) is(are) most aligned with the non-negotiables of Scrum - 3 Roles, 5 Events, 3 Artifacts and the non-negotiable rules that bind them together? 

 

3. SCRUM PRINCIPLES: Which option(s) is(are) most aligned with Scrum Principles...

  • EMPIRICISM - Enabling empirical management of value, waste, predictability and risk?
  • SELF-MANAGEMENT - Enabling self-management within the Scrum Team by helping them 'internally decide who does what, when, and how'?

 

4. SCRUM VALUES: Which option(s) is(are) most aligned with Scrum Values being reinforced and 'embodied by the Scrum Team and the people they work with'...

  • Commitment - The Scrum Team committing to achieving its goals and to supporting each other.
     
  • Focus - The Scrum Team primarily focusing on the work of the Sprint to make the best possible progress toward its goals.
     
  • Openness - The Scrum Team and its stakeholders being open about the work and the challenges.
     
  • Respect - The Scrum Team members respecting each other to be capable, independent people, and being respected as such by the people with whom they work.
     
  • Courage - The Scrum Team members having the courage to do the right thing, to work on tough problems.
     

SCRUM DISCOVERY CHEAT-SHEET

If you want to deepen your understanding of these ideas, fill out my Scrum Discovery Cheat-Sheet in my blog - Scrum Discovery Cheat Sheet – From a Superficial to Scientific Understanding of Scrum 

CLOSING THOUGHTS

All generalizations are wrong, including this statement and the central idea of this blog :) This is just my perspective. I would love to learn from yours. What do you think?