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A Wet Weekend with the Scrum Values

April 27, 2018


Over a wet weekend in the UK, my 12 year old daughter was looking for something to do and decided to draw a poster to while away some time.

My daughter decided that she would help me by making a poster about Scrum ( honestly!, I am not making this up. I didn't realise how much I talk about a scrum at home.)

She asked me a little about the teams I'd previously worked with and then took herself off returning 30 minutes later with the following. - OPERATION SMILE ! 

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Scrum Values 1

Looking at it I realised that my daughter had captured some of the Scrum Values. I asked her about the things she had added and why. Her reply was...

"Because its a nice thing to do and why wouldn't you be nice to each other?

Scrum Values

Scrum Values came into the Scrum Guide in June 2016 with the aim of helping teams support the 3 pillars of Empiricism (Inspection, Adaption and Transparency)

  • Respect - Scrum Team members respect each other to be capable, independent people
  • Focus - Everyone focuses on the work of the sprint and the goals of the Scrum Team
  • Commitment - People personally commit to achieving the goals of the Scrum Team
  • Courage - Scrum Team members have courage to do the right thing and work on tough problems .
  • Openness - The Scrum Team and its stakeholders agree to be open about all the work and the challenges with performing the work

My question to you is:

If my 12 year old daughter can grasp and understand the scrum values, why do scrum teams struggle to live by them?

Remember - Team Work makes the Dream Work :)

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