13 May 2019

A better way of describing Scrum

For me Scrum is a framework for teams working together to deliver new products. Here is how I might describe it differently to other people.

Scrum is about values before practices.

  • Focus: Let's get everyone on the same page and focused on the same goals. Let's remove distractions.
  • Courage: Don't be shit. Don't let poor work or poor behaviours live in our team. Push boundaries and make things better.
  • Openness: Be personally transparent, and share what the team is doing with others in an open manner.  Don't hide anything. Show reality.
  • Commitment: Let's look after each other and our customers. Let's personally care about this stuff.
  • Respect: Everyone is doing their best given the circumstances. Have faith in each other and help each other where they need it.  Be patient and support each other's growth which will be different to your own journey.  Appreciate diversity in all aspects, and work together.

I wonder how it would have spread and what people would be saying these days if it had been passed around i this form instead of practices?


  1. Thank you Craig. My understanding from other LinkedIn posts on Scrum was it was some kind of problem solving strategy based on a rugby scrum: "God" drops the ball and we try to form a circle around where it's going to land and then stand with head between own or others legs saying "Opps that's not the ball...oops that's not the ball...and then someone says is that the ball and everyone says "Not sure wasn't mine, but jolly good game chaps" and everyone goes home for cucumber sandwiches. T.End.

  2. Hahah. That sounds like what so often happens.

  3. I was just wondering how it would have spread and what people would be saying these days, what would be their reaction?

  4. By removing all the distractions you can fully concentrate on important information and get more benefit from your work and spend much less time on it.