Scrum is, Principally, About Principles

January 12, 2016

A Scrum adopter who is not well-schooled should go see the principles.

The SBOK™ Guide discusses the six Scrum principles that should be used in all Scrum projects: Empirical Process Control, Self-organization, Collaboration, Value-based Prioritization, Time-boxing and Iterative Development.

Scrum principles, though non-negotiable, can be applied by any organization to any type of project. Scrum aspects and processes, however, can be modified to meet the requirements of the project or organization.

Here are the non-negotiables:

Empirical Process Control—Emphasizes the core philosophy of Scrum based on the three main ideas of transparency, inspection and adaptation.

Self-organization—Focuses on today’s workers who deliver significantly greater value when self-organized. The result is better team buy-in, shared ownership and an innovative environment that is more conducive to growth.

Collaboration—Focuses on the three core dimensions related to collaborative work: awareness, articulation and appropriation. It also advocates project management as a shared value-creation process with teams interacting to deliver the greatest value.

Value-based Prioritization—Highlights the focus of Scrum to deliver maximum business value, starting early in the project and continuing throughout.

Time-boxing—Describes how time is considered a limiting constraint in Scrum. It is used to help effectively manage project planning and execution. Time-boxed elements in Scrum include Sprints, Daily Standup Meetings, Sprint Planning Meetings and Sprint Review Meetings.

Iterative Development—Defines iterative development and emphasizes how to better manage changes and build products that satisfy customer needs. It also delineates the Product Owner’s and organization’s responsibilities related to iterative development.

A strong commitment to the six Scrum principles enhances self-organization, collaboration, time management and production quality. In other words, six Scrum principles equals one optimum working environment.


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