What is the Scrum Values Retrospective?
The Scrum framework encompasses the key values of Scrum which helps guide the way the team thinks and works together. This retro format is a deep dive into the behaviours and actions each person takes in their daily life and work practices that reflect these values.
The Scrum values are:
Courage – This is arguably the bedrock of a scrum or agile team. The ability to accept, undertake or effect change takes courage. The ability to experiment and try new things takes courage. Being able to learn and share from failures takes courage.
Focus – In Scrum, an interactive-incremental approach and timely delivery helps the team stay focussed on the project goal. This avoids wastage, delays, production blocks or escaping time lines if the team understands what it takes for them to increase their focus. Managing distractions may be one aspect, but then again, they may need additional input from people or clarification of goals.
Openness – Living Scrum requires transparency and openness. This allows the team to make sensible adjustments through being able to give and handle constructive feedback. Doing so requires psychological safety, an explicit open culture and calling out things that might make people feel undervalued or judged when giving their opinion or ideas.
Respect – Working as part of a team means being able to show respect to your colleagues, their decisions, their experience and their opinions. It includes being able to respect diversity. Of course, your own personal perception and input is just as important.
Commitment – This is about having personal and team accountability to see the commitments through to the end. This value can be expressed in 3 different ways – commitment to the sprint, commitment as a team and commitment as an individual to the sprint goals.
Scrum Values Retrospective Format
In exploring the Scrum Values for a team and how they are lived as a day to day experience, the Scrum Master can pose the following questions for the teams to consider and share.
How do we tackle tough problems?
How can we improve focus on our goals?
How do we stay open to new things?
How do we show respect to each other?
How can we make our commitments a reality?