If Scrum Prefers Individuals and Interactions Over Processes and Tools, Why is Scrum as a Process Imposed on the Team?

Now this is an interesting question, and in the actual manifesto we have individual interactions over processes and tools. So ultimately the individual is clearly pointed out there and at the end of the day, the way I like to think about the Scrum Team, is to see them as a collective of individuals that play together and are bound by the rules of Scrum. I also like to think about the rules of the game whereby we have Scrum Values that can help the team adhere to certain things and help them grow stronger over time. 

The cross-functionality of a team is incredibly important because when we talk about people, we don’t only refer to the programmers of the team but also the business analysts and subject matter experts too. This can depend on what you do in Scrum and the framework that we’ve got. And when we bring those people together, they are bound together by the rules of the game and the values of Scrum. More than this, they collaborate and have friction. They may even have conflict and that’s okay because they will learn to become better and overall the framework of Scrum brings in transparency. And so for them to really understand where they could become better as a team as a collective they need to keep working on that. So the important thing here is to look at the rules of the game, whereby there is always a goal that they want to achieve as a team and collective.  

The Scrum Team as a Collective of Individuals: 

At the heart of Scrum lies the concept of the Scrum Team as a collective of individuals. While the Agile Manifesto places individuals at the forefront, Scrum takes it a step further by highlighting the importance of these individuals working together cohesively. Think of a Scrum Team as a well-rehearsed orchestra, where each member has a unique instrument to play, yet they harmonize beautifully under the guiding principles of Scrum. 

 

Rules of the Game and Scrum Values 

To ensure that this collective of individuals functions effectively, Scrum provides a set of rules and values that act as the orchestra’s conductor. These rules and values define how the team should collaborate, communicate, and make decisions. Transparency, inspection, and adaptation are the pillars that support this collaborative effort. 

Cross-Functionality: Beyond Programmers 

Contrary to a common misconception, a Scrum Team isn’t limited to programmers alone. It encompasses a diverse range of roles, including business analysts and subject matter experts. The cross-functionality of the team is crucial because it brings together a variety of skills and perspectives. This diversity enriches the team’s ability to tackle complex problems and deliver valuable products. 

 

Embracing Friction and Conflict 

In the world of Scrum, friction and conflict are not to be feared but embraced. They are the crucibles in which ideas are forged and improved upon. Just as the sharpest blades are forged in the hottest fires, Scrum Teams become stronger through healthy debates and disagreements. The Scrum framework provides a safe space for such interactions, fostering an environment where growth and improvement thrive. 

The Role of Product Vision and Sprint 

Scrum is not just about completing a predetermined amount of work; it’s about achieving a shared goal. The product vision serves as the guiding star, providing direction to the team. Each sprint is a step towards realizing this vision. Rather than fixating on the minutiae of tasks, Scrum Teams focus on the outcomes. They adapt and pivot as needed, as long as they are making progress towards the ultimate goal. 

 In conclusion, Scrum is a framework that places individuals at its core, valuing their interactions, and fostering collective excellence. The Scrum Team is a diverse group of individuals who collaborate under the guidance of Scrum rules and values. Their r willingness to embrace friction, and unwavering commitment to the product vision are the driving forces behind their success. As we continue to explore the depths of Scrum, we find that it is not merely a set of rules but a philosophy that empowers individuals to excel together, ultimately achieving greatness as a collective. 

If you want to learn more about the relationship between Scrum and people get in touch with Ralph and he’ll lead the way! 

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