Agile values, roles, rituals – Are we ready now?

15. January 2020 0 By MarcoWilde
Agile values, roles, rituals – Are we ready now?

After revisiting fundamental information about SCRUM roles, rituals and values, I thought a moment about my first experiences with agile product development as a Product Owner. The core values like Commitment, Courage, Respect, Openness and Motivation may be familiar to many practitioners, but nobody told us about how to keep them alive during daily business, or how we can protect our teams and stakeholders from external influences. It seems that in organizations where SCRUM development is new, dedicated communication and information to external stakeholders is key to explain SCRUM – roles and -rituals that are different to classical project-management.

In my case I was quite astonished to receive comments from colleagues not involved in my agile project, that they perceive a lack of control and management. It seemed that as a Product Owner who trusts in his motivated and skilled development team, applying situational leadership, I needed to inform stakeholders and associated domains about our new way of working. Well skilled agile cross-functional teams that are skilled and self-organized to deliver increments seem to embody the respective values while respecting the different roles and rituals. As this is not visible to externals, it was a good lesson for me that the new roles and rituals either need to be communicated or experienced in practice. Theory alone is by far not sufficient if you want to deliver and promote new ways of working.

Nevertheless, it would be ideal if more teams would perform agile projects on their own, to let more and people of the organization experience the aspects of agile product development.