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How living the Scrum Values improves your Product Backlog - Back to the foundations of the Scrum framework (39)

February 24, 2022

You should expect the use of Scrum to become more successful when the Team lives the Values of commitment, courage, focus, openness and respect. Then empiricism starts to work and trust is being built.


👉 The more people become proficient in living the Scrum values, the more successful the use of Scrum will be.


Is there any impact of living (or not) the Scrum Values on the Artifacts...? And if so what would this impact possibly be...?

The ScrumGuide states that each artifact contains a commitment to ensure it provides information that enhances transparency and focus against which progress can be measured.

  • For the Product Backlog this commitment is the Product Goal. This implies that the Scrum Team Commits to put their efforts in the Product Backlog so that all stakeholders share the same understanding when looking at the Product Backlog, and that this transparency allows them to measure progress towards the Product Goal.
  • Openness and Respect will support bringing this transparency. Being open to understand the users and respecting their points of views allows the team to build what is really needed.
  • Yet also having the Courage to say "no" might prove important. Especially when a request does not seem to align with the Product Goal. This will also support the value of Focus. A razor-sharp focus to work towards this Product Goal.

These are only one example of how each Scrum Value is supported through a good use of the Product Backlog.



Using the Scrum Values as a guide for the Scrum Team how to behave during the entire Sprint will support raising transparency, which is the purpose of the Artifacts.
For the Product Backlog this means raising the transparency on what the product might look like in the future.

The more the team becomes skilled in living the Scrum Values, the more transparent the Product Backlog will be.



Together with your Scrum Team, evaluate how living the Scrum Values can still improve Product Backlog Transparency.

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?


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

Next week we'll have a look at the Scrum Values and the impact on the Sprint Backlog.



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Living the Scrum Values improve your Product Backlog

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