5 Metaphors to Explore the Value of Scrum Values

By Nagesh Sharma

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“Successful use of Scrum depends on people becoming more proficient in living these five values (Focus, Openness, Respect, Courage, Commitment)”. – Scrum Guide

What makes a great team? Why do some teams achieve greatness, seeing their vision become reality, while others seem to go nowhere?

“The one thing you need to know about teamwork is that there is more than one thing you need to know about teamwork.” Inspired by John C. Maxwell’s “Team,” in this article, we will explore the value of Scrum Values through various metaphors and understand how shared values can help a Scrum team to become more connected and more effective. Scrum Values are like Glue, a Foundation, an identity, a compass, and a magnet for the Scrum Team. Let’s explore each one of them.

Scrum Values Are Like “Glue”

The purpose of Glue is to bind similar or different materials together and resists their separation. The Scrum Values serve a similar purpose, keeping the Scrum team together.

If the Scrum Team is not practicing the Scrum Values, then their chances of working together as a unit and reaching their full potential are very small. Hence, Scrum Values act as the glue that keeps a Scrum team stuck together, not only when things are going well, but, most importantly, when things aren’t going their way.

Scrum Values Are Like a “Foundation”

A Scrum Team needs a solid foundation to grow and promote sustainable development. The Scrum Values provide the stable foundation that makes this possible. For instance, when members of the Scrum Team respect each other and believe each other to be capable, independent people, it becomes easier to be open about all their work and the challenges associated with it. Having a good foundation offers them the courage to do the right thing and work together on tough situations and personally commit to achieving the Sprint goals. Thus, their relationship becomes stronger and they grow as a great team because now they have a solid foundation based on the Scrum Values.

Scrum Values Are Scrum Team’s “Identity”

Author and management expert Ken Blanchard highlights, “Lots of companies claim they have a set of core values, but what they mean is a list of generic business beliefs that everyone would agree with, such as having integrity, making a profit, and being responsive to customers. Company values have meanings only when they are further defined in terms of how people actually behave and act.”

Scrum Values guide the Scrum Team’s behavior and actions by promoting professional behavior that supports the organization’s vision and mission. Scrum Values are a Scrum Team’s unique identity. Remember “What you believe identifies who you are.” And when a Scrum Team believes in the Scrum Values it becomes their identity.

Scrum Values Are Like a “Compass”

Have you ever been part of a Scrum team that struggled hard to make any progress? In spite of having all the skills and opportunities, they just couldn’t progress enough.

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