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Scrum Values added to Scrum Guide, so what?


Yesterday, co-creators of Scrum, Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, released a new version of the Scrum Guide. At first glance, just a small paragraph on Scrum Values is added. But this addition may offer a larger impact and be an extremely useful addition for Scrum Masters. So, today during the first day of my Professional Scrum Master Training, I shared this new addition to the guide with the students. Their first response while shrugging:

So what?

Their second response, how is this different from the Agile values? And then they paused. This gave me the opportunity to elaborate briefly on what these values mean:

  • Commitment – Being committed to the team and the sprint goal. So when you finished your work so check if you can help someone else in the team to help them meet the sprint goal.
  • Focus – Eyes on the goal and not being distracted by personal favors, not even for the CEO, if it endangers the sprint goal.
  • Openness – Being transparent on how the team is doing and being open about failure or difficulties you might run into.
  • Respect – Sharing your knowledge within the team and embracing the professionalism from your team members.
  • Courage – Being a professional to admit mistakes and move beyond your ego to change direction to solve complex problems.

more on Scrum Values read this blog by Gunther Verheyen

This resulted in an enthusiastic reaction from the group. So, the Scrum Values, in fact describe the desired behaviour of a Scrum Team? Yes, yes, YES!

The new Scrum guide provides Scrum Teams some key elements of desired behaviour. This will help them to move from doing ‘Mechanical Scrum’* to ‘Professional Scrum’. This insight gave the students a boost of energy and looking forward to the second day of training to dive into the behaviour of a Scrum Team and how the Scrum Master can facilitate the team in showing this behaviour.

Download the new Scrum Guide!

*(just following the rules, and not understanding why you do things)

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