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How can the Scrum Master live the Scrum Values even better? (44)

November 9, 2023

👉 The more people become proficient in living the Scrum values, the more successful the use of Scrum will be.
When the Scrum values are embodied by the Scrum Team and the people they work with, the empirical Scrum pillars come to life, building trust. 

Reminder: the Scrum Values are Commitment, Focus, Openness, Respect, and Courage.

Each of the Scrum Team members should live these values. So how can the Scrum Master show this?

  • Commitment to raising the effectiveness of the Scrum Team. Whatever it takes.
  • Have the Courage to say you don’t know what the best approach is. Because you know there is no "best approach". That you want to figure it out together.
  • Focus on the team’s goals. How can you as a Scrum Master support and guide them become more effective at reaching their goal? That’s your goal.
  • Be Open for any suggestions. Support the team in experimenting, and learning from their own experiences.
  • Respect people in each and every interaction. Assume positive intent, even if at this moment their ideas and actions seem to work counter-productive. Figure out why people took that action. There is no doubt a good and logical explanation for it when looking at it from their perspective.

These include only one example of how each Scrum Value could be lived by the Scrum Master.

Using the Scrum Values as a guide for the Scrum Team on how to behave during the entire Sprint will support raising trust. Without trust there will be a low level of transparency - the cornerstone for Scrum.
The more the team becomes skilled in living the Scrum Values, the more transparent the Increment will be.

Together with your Scrum Team, evaluate how the Scrum Master can live the Scrum Values even better.
How do you see that the values of Commitment, Courage, Focus, Openness and Respect are lived? What can you do to make the Scrum Team live these even better?

I hope you find value in these short posts and if you are looking for more clarifications, feel free to take contact.

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PS. Next week we'll start with a brand new part in this series: self-managing. 


Living the Scrum Values by the Scrum Master

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