Agile Series: The five values added to the ...

Agile Series: The five values added to the Scrum Guide you should know about

Scrum-Values

Last Wednesday Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, the creators of Scrum, presented the latest updates to the Scrum Guide: Scrum values! Though it seems like only a small addition in text, the five Scrum values give teams a foundation to build on. A foundation for the Scrum principles of inspection, adaption and transparency. A foundation to grow into a high-performing team. A foundation for going to work whistling every day!

Scrum values When the values of commitment, courage, focus, openness and respect are embodied and lived by the Scrum Team, the Scrum pillars of transparency, inspection, and adaptation come to life and builds trust for everyone. The Scrum Team members learn and explore those values as they work with the Scrum events, roles and artifacts.

Successful use of Scrum depends on people becoming more proficient in living these five values. People personally commit to achieving the goals of the Scrum Team. The Scrum Team members have courage to do the right thing and work on tough problems. Everyone focuses on the work of the Sprint and the goals of the Scrum Team. The Scrum Team and its stakeholders agree to be open about all the work and the challenges with performing the work. Scrum Team members respect each other to be capable, independent people.

- The Scrum Guide July 2016

Off course, no matter how good a team is there is always opportunity to improve. But; Celebrate successes! So let’s have look at the values and things we’re doing here at aFrogleap so far already.

Commitment

People personally commit to achieving the goals of the Scrum Team.

In their presentation yesterday Ken and Jeff talked about commitment to yourselves and to each-others: “We do our very, very best to being better people, teams and by that a better company”.

This year we started with setting ambitious goals with the Objectives and Key Results goal setting system. We believe these will help us align company goals with team and personal goals and by that create personal commitment. Commitment for personal growth and for helping each-other grow. For example our two teams each have their own objectives for the coming months:

  • Be an excellent Scrum team
  • Deliver the most reliable software

Also, every sprint our teams commit to Sprint Goals; The reason for undertaking the iteration in the first place.

Focus

Everyone focuses on the work of the Sprint and the goals of the Scrum Team.

When committed to a sprint you have to do your real best to get our teams off their target; the sprint goal. Because focussing on getting the most important things done right now adds value right from the moment it is done. We run one-week sprints so most things can wait these couple of days anyway.

Work in progress is limited, to try have the amount of work not done as a minimum.

Openness

The Scrum Team and its stakeholders agree to be open about all the work and the challenges with performing the work.

When working together with clients we always try to give full transparency in our way of working. Off course, our clients have full access for their projects for the tools we use like JIRA, Slack, Invision, Bitbucket, Crashlytics Beta.

But openness is more than that. We want to be a team with our clients. Share and discuss opportunities, concerns and changing environments. Making sure artifacts like the product vision, roadmap and user story map are always up-to-date help us with that. Also our Example Mapping-sessions are adding a lot of value.

Respect

Scrum Team members respect each other to be capable, independent people.

Be respectful, one of our house rules, can be interpreted in different ways. We try to show respect to each-other by giving praise for accomplished work. By celebrating both personal and team successes.

And true respect is in our Oxyma Group slogan: We’re in this together. We know we need each-other to overcome our biggest impediments and be the best possible us.

Courage

Scrum Team members have the courage to do the right things and work on tough problems.

We strive for continuous improvement. This also means there is continuous change. Luckily we’re a team. We don’t fair anything because no one ever works alone. It’s okay to be wrong sometimes. We share our failures so that we can all learn from them.

Also, we like to experiment. A lot. New technologies, new approaches, new markets, new habits. You name it.

Continuous improvement

Off course, we still have lots to learn. We are just at the beginning of our agile journey and learn new things all day, everyday. About Scrum, about agile, about automation, about company standards, about working as a team, about the five dysfunctions of a team, about autonomy, mastery and purpose, about culture, about our strengths and weaknesses.

What a trip it has been so far. And there’s so much more ahead of us. Luckily, commitment, focus, openness, respect and courage will help us with this exciting journey!

Thanks for reading! At aFrogleap, we use a four stages process for turning your brilliant idea into an awesome product. It’s called Think It, Build It, Ship It, Tweak It. If you are interested in working with us, or have any questions let us know at info@afrogleap.com or tweet us @aFrogleap.