August 31, 2020

The Scrum Values from the Scrum Master’s Perspective

Values drive behaviour. Therein lies the importance of the Scrum Values, for different people and roles involved in Scrum. Having explored the Scrum Values from a Product Owner perspective and from Stakeholders perspective, I want to now consider the Scrum Values from the Scrum Master’s perspective.

 

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  1. Commitment
    1. Scrum Masters commit to implement agility and enact the agile principles through Scrum
    2. Scrum Masters commit to act as Servant-Leader, coach, mentor, teacher to anyone seeking to understand Scrum
    3. Scrum Masters commit to help teams grow autonomy, ownership and accountability
    4. Scrum Masters commit to uphold transparency and help others uphold transparency
    5. Scrum Masters commit to promote the importance of reliability and high quality in the products and services delivered

 

  1. Focus
    1. Scrum Masters focus on people and their self-development in becoming better professionals
    2. Scrum Masters focus on the safety of the environment for the Development Teams, Product Owner and Stakeholders to collaborate
    3. Scrum Masters focus on the continuous improvement of development practices, products being developed and organizational culture
    4. Scrum Masters focus on the Development Team’s ability and empowerment to Pull work (over Push)
    5. Scrum Masters focus on the effectiveness and purpose of the Scrum events

 

  1. Openness
    1. Scrum Masters show openness for working with Product Owner, Development Teams and stakeholders
    2. Scrum Masters show openness for learning from other Scrum Masters and the wider Agile community
    3. Scrum Masters show openness for receiving feedback from the Development Team and Product Owner, particularly during the Sprint Retrospective
    4. Scrum Masters show openness by listening to understand first instead of listening to respond and act
    5. Scrum Masters show openness by admitting missteps and invoking openness in others through vulnerability

 

  1. Respect
    1. Scrum Masters respect the decisions made by the Development Team, Product Owner and Stakeholders in their respective domains of accountability
    2. Scrum Masters respect the collective intelligence and self-organizing capability of the Development Team
    3. Scrum Masters respect the Development Team and the Product Owner in their direct collaboration and avoid being the bridge between them
    4. Scrum Masters respect stakeholders in sharing expectations in terms of valuable and quality product delivery
    5. Scrum Masters respect the complexity, unpredictability and uncertainties ingrained in software and product development

 

  1. Courage
    1. Scrum Masters show courage in highlighting transparency issues
    2. Scrum Masters show courage in removing impediments for the Development Team
    3. Scrum Masters show courage by challenging the status quo and existing organisational processes that are at odds with the new ways of working
    4. Scrum Masters show courage by challenging traditional predictive planning and similar practices in a complex environment
    5. Scrum Masters show courage by enacting Scrum and keeping players from breaking the rules of the game

 

This post is inspired from Gunther Verheyen original post - https://guntherverheyen.com/the-scrum-values/