Scrum Purists, Posers, and Pragmatists

Scrumsters in the Scrum community are breaking into three major groups. Which camp are you in?

Purists are all about what Ken said 10+ years ago. They represent the once radical movement that launched Scrum. Problem is that even Ken doesn’t practice what he advocated in “the day”. Take a look at this list of early terminology.

Scrums – is it still only 30 calendar days long?

Do retros and sprint planning meetings have single required time boxes?

Is this the correct Sprint Backlog: “A list of tasks that defines a Team’s work for a Sprint. The list emerges during the Sprint. Each task identifies those responsible for doing the work and the estimated amount of work remaining on the task on any given day during the Sprint.”?

Done was defined as “Complete as mutually agreed to by all parties and that conforms to an organization’s standards, conventions, and guidelines. When something is reported as ‘done’ at the Daily Scrum, or demonstrated as ‘done’ at the Sprint Review meeting, it must confirm to this agreed definition.”

The funniest thing is that the “Sprint” was called an iteration.

Posers – This could be the fastest growing camp in Scrum. Here the goal is to take the sizzle and the visibility of Scrum, label it as Agile, then demonstrate that by relabeling the processes in their traditional methodologies you can be AGILE/SCRUM, improve your able to be right, and still use the same insufficient facts. The bonus value in joining this camp is that you don’t have to change how you operate. Unfortunately, many of these campers truly think they are the next generation as they take the names, the ceremonies, and the cache, of Scrum and Agile values and believe these will enhance existing ways to deliver functions and activities.  Somewhere along the line what “value” stood for shifted away from what stakeholders and customers want and back to how well the project is run.

Finally the Pragmatists.  This camp sits between the Purists and the Posers.  These scrumsters practice Scrum because it creates a transparency that encourages continuous improvement as it  emerges. This camp focuses on exploring what they can learn about improving the way they deliver value. Scrum is used as a framework reflecting what an organization does to inhibit its ability to deliver value to their stakeholders and customers. Pragmatists use Agile Tenets and Principles to incrementally and pragmatically find ways to improve what they are doing and how to better deliver value.

Pragmatists are easy to identify. They learn their skills, keep up and share what they have learned, and use the Agile Manifesto and Principles to measure how well their implementation of the Scrum Framework is improving the way value is delivered.

So, which camp do you want to part of?