Scrum (all sorts of people)

logo-myfragilityScrum is also in the minds of people. My mind is set on the ability of fragility. How about you?

Are you ‘management’? Then you should not only be willing to believe that a software project can truly deliver quality and business value. You should also do (a lot) more than just gather a group of programmers with a project manager on top during a (project’s) timebox.

Okay, so far for a view the community will quickly agree upon.

What is usually less focused on is the level of commitment of the actual team members. In my experience this may turn out to be at least as difficult to achieve. Because it takes the absolute will to self-organize, not wanting to depend on other people to take decisions for you (the essence of ScrumMaster facilitation versus Project Management’s execution of control), to outweigh every (technical) choice against the (business) value and functional profit, to discuss and communicate openly, etc.

Scrum is a simple way to outperform and excel but all parties should respect its essence, that I represent on my Scrum Diamond:scrum-diamond

think (talk) about it…

2 thoughts on “Scrum (all sorts of people)

  1. I like that you came up with something catchy. I don’t really get the significance of the diamond nor the colored bands of it. The other thing I have issues with is that scrum is about people over processes… yet you’re only showing the processes and tools of scrum. It would be nice to see you focus on the values and roles of scrum and come up with something that relates people and their interactions to the tools and processes. I appreciate the community contribution and hope to see it evolve… incrementally ? :)

    • Hi James
      Thanks for the comment.
      The picture is intended as a quick way to represent the essential Scrum elements. So, calling it ‘catchy’ means it has to a certain extent served that purpose. The ‘diamond’ form just popped up when I started using 4 angles to describe Scrum.
      I have explicitly included the ‘principles’ axis to at least add some focus of people and environment (workspace). The other axes are ‘artefacts’, ‘meetings’ and ‘roles’. The colored bands are a graphical way to point out that every axis has 3 elements.
      Still working on slightly more elaborated descriptions…
      The main point I am trying to make is that from the Agile community we keep stressing the change in attitude of management ‘people’. The fact however that the ‘pig people’ are not always keen on taking up their role properly seems sometimes underfocused.

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