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

July 8, 2021


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

  1. All Scrum assessment questions have a question behind the question.
  2. All questions behind the question are really one of 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 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.


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 


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?

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