A user's guide to practical Scrum

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Now that we have the first three values established, we move into the two that really start to pull everything together into a whole.  We start here, with Openness.  Once more, from the Scrum Guide: “The Scrum Team and its stakeholders agree to be open about all the work and the challenges with performing the […]

Once again, from the Scrum Guide: “Everyone focuses on the work of the Sprint and the goals of the Scrum Team.” In my post about commitment, I touched on the importance of setting our forecast for Sprint in accordance with the Sprint Goals.  In my post about courage, the importance of adhering to our Definition […]

Courage is an easy thing to understand.  It’s also incredibly hard for people to fully embrace when we are dealing with the Scrum Values.  As before, I want to start by looking at the one sentence in the Scrum Guide that applies: “The Scrum Team members have courage to do the right thing and work […]

That’s a huge word that carries a lot of weight.  It’s also a word that has had a shift in definition – as it relates to Scrum – in recent times.  So what, exactly, do we mean when we are talking about commitment? For a long time, commitment meant “I am going to do everything […]

Picture this:  Your team (or someone on the team) comes to you looking for help.  You are asked a question.  What do you do? You answer it, right?  That’s the normal response.  By nature, we want to help others (well, most of us do), and that means answering their questions, and sometimes even rolling up […]