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Scrum 101: The Scrum Values and How They Influence Your Work

Scrum 101: The Scrum Values and How They Influence Your Work

Scrum 101: The Scrum Values and How They Influence Your Work

Scrum 101: The Scrum Values and How They Influence Your Work

Learn about the five scrum values and principles that dictate your work. Plus, discover how these modes of thinking and practices impact what you'll do.

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Scrum is among the most widely used project management frameworks by IT professionals and manufacturers. Using a project management framework like Scrum has been shown to save money for organizations.

At the heart of using Scrum in project management are the values and principles of Scrum. It’s the job of the Scrum Master to learn and apply the Scrum values to ensure each team member is carrying out their role with these values.

Keep reading to learn more about the values and principles of Scrum.

The Scrum Pillars

It helps to know and understand the main pillars of the Scrum framework. You’ll be able to identify how the Scrum values fit in with the overall Scrum methodology.

Transparency

Transparency starts by having a common language and definition around aspects of the project. For example, a developer may have their own definition of done, when the task isn’t truly complete.

This pillar sets the expectations and the processes for all team members to meet.

Inspection

Every member of the team has to inspect the artifacts (product backlog, product increment, sprint backlog) to identify issues and help correct them.

There’s a balance between inspecting too often where it gets in the way of the job at hand. They should be conducted frequently, but not so frequently that inspections cause delays.

Adaptation

Adaptation builds on the first two pillars. Teams have to have a transparent process and inspect issues to be able to adapt accordingly.

Sprint reviews are conducted to be able to assess the progress towards project goals.

Scrum Values

The pillars form the foundation of Scrum. Scrum can’t be applied properly without the values of Scrum. These are the core values of the framework.

Commitment

Every single person involved in the project has to buy-in to the goals of the project and commit to doing their part.

There are a few levels of commitment in Scrum: commitment to achieving the goals of the sprint, commitment of the team, and of each individual.

Courage

Team members have to have the courage to do the right thing for the project and the goals of the project.

Courage isn’t only about doing the right thing, but it’s also about taking risks and failing. Risk-taking is an important part of Scrum because it allows team members to think outside of the box to find better solutions.

It’s common for team members to aim to keep the customer happy, but that can come at the cost of the project goals.

Focus

There’s a reason why goals must be clear. That’s how the team stays focused throughout the sprint. The advantage of having a strong focus is that the team completes tasks with very little left undone.

Openness

Scrum masters have to encourage openness within their teams. They must allow active participation of team members in scrums to keep them engaged in the project.

Openness keeps the lines of communication open, so Scrum Masters are aware of any obstacles in the way or any issues early on. That allows the Scrum Master to fulfill their role and act to remove those obstacles.

Respect

Scrum works because it’s a collaborative approach to project management. The framework fails when team members lack respect for customers, stakeholders, and each other.

Respect is shown when team members express ideas, celebrate accomplishments, and accept mistakes.

Applying the Scrum Values

The Scrum values look fine on paper. How to they apply to real-world situations and day-to-day operations within a sprint? Here are a few examples of how you would use these values in your work.

Courage in a Sprint

Your team is on day 3 of a sprint. They’re working very hard on project items 1,2, and 3 at the moment. The product owner gets a call from the client and the client wants to backtrack and put the entire project on hold.

You and your team members understand that it would be detrimental to the client to put the brakes on the project now. The opportunity costs will be huge because they won’t be first to market.

Rather than just taking orders from the customer, it’s up to the team to summon the courage to relay that to the client. Sometimes, you have to have the courage to prevent clients from making major mistakes.

Applying Commitment

Do you find yourself in a situation where most of your team is working remotely? It’s a challenge to maintain the intensity of a sprint in the middle of a global crisis.

Yet, this is where you and your team members can live out the Scrum value of commitment. If you’re the Scrum master on your project, your team members will look to you for behavioral cues during this new normal.

You have to demonstrate your service to the team and to the organization through your actions. For example, you can find ways to keep your team on track by having the Scrum at the same time every day.

You can also keep messaging channels open for informal communications among team members. You can also have regular check-ins with your team and give them the space to express their challenges.

The Scrum Values

How can you be a top Scrum Master? It starts by understanding the core of the Scrum guidelines. Those are the main pillars of transparency, inspection, and adaptation.

Underneath those main pillars that hold up the framework lie the Scrum values. They are courage, respect, openness, focus, and commitment. It’s everyone’s job to learn and live those values in the daily tasks within a sprint.

That is a big reason why Scrum is so effective. Do you want to learn more about Scrum? Learn more about becoming a Scrum Master today.

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