Reflecting upon the Scrum Values
With the Scrum Values (Commitment, Courage, Focus, Openness, and Respect) at its core, this health check is designed to allow participants to quickly and easily plot the degree to which they fell those values are being demonstrated.
Instant, visual results are collated to better facilitate discussions as the health check is performed.
Additionally, an overall view of the alignment to the values is captured that offers an easily understood snapshot. Running the the Scrum Values Health Check regularly will allow changes to be tracked over time so that the team can see progression or identify new areas for improvement.
The Scrum Values and Principles
Scrum is built on a set of fundamental values that drive the code of ethics and the way Scrum teams behave. The Scrum values represent the intrinsic qualities that shape the interactions of a strong performing scrum team. The values of commitment, courage, focus, openness and respect intertwine with the 3 pillars of transparency, inspection and adaptation and the 6 principles of Scrum.
What are the Scrum Values?
According to the Scrum Guide, there are five Scrum values:
Commitment – This is where each team member is committed to achieving the goals of the team or the organization at large, or at the sprint goal level. it’s not just about meeting deadlines, but to doing it at a high level, and quality that is aligned with the vision and culture of the team.
Courage – Each team member feels confident or is able to be bold, innovative, challenge the status quo and to tackle tough and challenging problems. They are willing to do the right thing rather than avoid risks.
Focus – With each sprint being time boxed, then the team needs to be able to focus on the goals of each sprint, avoid distractions and prioritise activity to ensure that they focus on what matters the most.
Openness – Honest, open and non judgemental communication is key to a happy and cohesive team. There is a need to be able to talk openly about workload, challenges and what is blocking progress. It also means being personally open to change and to embrace it.
Respect – Given the amount of time teams can spend together, there is a need to respect each other including each other’s opinions, experience, views and cultures. Mutual respect can strengthen bonds and help to overcome conflict.
These values culminate in the team being able to embrace an agile mindset and the Scrum Master helps the team embed and live these values to help ensure improved product releases, working with the scrum methodology and helping build team effectiveness.