I have been involved with Scrum and Agile, in one way or another, for over 15 years. Over the years I have met a lot of people that had some experience with Scrum, and some were more enthusiastic than others about the framework and its benefits.
A few years back, I was lucky to meet a couple of people (now good friends) that were really passionate about Scrum, as was I… HOWEVER, there was something different about the way they approached Scrum — it reminded me of my family and my uncle’s family.
In my mind there are two kinds of Scrum Enthusiasts. I thought that the best way to describe them, is to draw a parallel given my observations during Easter from my childhood. Let me try to summarise the differences, using my example above as a parallel:
As you can infer by the introduction above, and if we replace religion (Christianity) with the Scrum framework, I used to belong to the Superficial Kind of Scrum enthusiasts for many years.
I used to have a superficial understanding of Scrum, “coach” teams to follow the rules to the letter and never bothered understanding the why behind each element. I was in a mental state in which Zombie Scrum (or pragmatic Scrum) was totally acceptable, yet I was doing a disservice to my teams!
However, over the last few years, I have been on a personal journey to not only increase my self-awareness but explore and reflect at Scrum at a deeper level, with a series of articles exploring the Scrum Guide 2020! Hopefully, I can evolve into the Reflective Kind of Scrum enthusiasts.
Now take a step back and reflect…
Which kind of Scrum enthusiast are YOU?