In our work with Scrum teams, we find that many don't know where to start. Or worse, they give up and resign to the situation. In this series, we offer a toolbox of tried-and-tested experiments to improve together.
How does this help your team?
How would the people you work with complete the following sentence: “The Scrum framework exists in order to …”? Sometimes we get bogged down in the rules and mechanics of Scrum while forgetting what we’re trying to achieve in the first place. Or we don’t even know what the point is, and go along because it is hip or what everyone else is doing. Either way, this is not a good foundation for improvement.
Zombie Scrum often starts when people misunderstand the purpose of the Scrum framework. Although it's easy to focus on the roles, the events, and the artifacts - the mechanics of Scrum - it is ultimately about shipping fast, involving stakeholders, autonomous teams and continuously improving to do this more effectively.
So, why not spend a part of your upcoming Sprint Retrospective to re-clarify the purpose of Scrum? Or re-iterate the purpose of Scrum at the start of the Sprint Review and Sprint Planning and how it connects to those events.
Give it a try and let us know how it went!
What do you receive?
- A 5-page full-color guide (PDF).
- We take you through the flow of the experiment in great detail.
- The PDF outlines additional resources and useful reading, both to prepare and to distribute afterward.
- Download a free high-resolution version of the Scrum framework poster;
- Order a physical copy of this poster, printed on a large cotton banner;
- Get our book the "Zombie Scrum Survival Guide";
- Explore our paper "10 Powerful Experiments to Overcome Zombie Scrum"
- Read our whitepaper where we explain the Scrum framework, and its principles and values, in our own words.