The value of the Scrum values

What makes Scrum different from a lot of other frameworks is that it has a value system.

Scrum has its foundation on 5 values. Courage, commitment, focus, openness, respect.
Let us break down each one of them and understand how they can help our teams.


The team does not shy away from tough problems. They dare to speak up and do what must be done.
They focus on doing the right thing, and when that doesn’t happen, they dare to step forward and tell the organization that we are doing something wrong.


We don’t work by ticket, man/hours or story points. A Scrum team works in the goals they set at the beginning of the sprint. The team is committed to achieving that goal.


The focus follows the same idea as the commitment, the sprint goal. The team focuses on achieving the sprint goal first. This is the team’s primary objective and everyone works together to achieve it.


In one other word. Transparency. The team is open to showing everyone, both, what is going really well as well as any challenges they may face. By being open, the team feels accountable. By being open, the team shares the know-how with other teams, helping them grow as well.


This one should be on everyone’s mind, not just Scrum teams. One thing everyone should follow is the prime directive from Norm Kerth.

Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job they could, given what they knew at the time, their skills and abilities, the resources available, and the situation at hand.

Norm Kerth, Project Retrospectives: A Handbook for Team Review

Autonomous and mature Scrum teams embody and live these 5 values. You can read a bit more about them here.



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