The Three Pillars of Scrum

All work that is done under the hood of Scrum should be visible to everyone involved. Daily face-to-face conversations, physical co-location, and available online connectivity are encouraged in the system. The regular, incremental strides involved, requires an understanding of the fact that customers' needs and requirements are bound to change quite unpredictably and even randomly at times, and so a structured and planned approach with the goal of predicting the future does not help. A realization of this fact makes it extremely important for the team to work quickly and collectively, to respond to changing requirements, advancing technology or trending market values.

Such a useful modelling essentially requires the team to work as a whole, and therefore the upholding of values become extremely important. To do so, it becomes quintessential to be supported by the three pillars of Scrum, namely transparency, inspection, and adaptation.

Transparency

All the members involved in the system including the CEO, the contributors, the team, and the customers are open to each other in their day to day dealings. They need to be honest with what they want and must not have any hidden agenda, seeking personal interest. Preferably, a common goal should be the main driving force.

Inspection

Regular inspection from each and every member of the team involved puts up serious quality control in the entire process. The inspection of the process, workflow, the associated progress along a particular algorithm, is also essential to impart transparency to all the dynamic aspects involved. Self-inspection by the team, into the process and products developed, helps them assess the possible deviations, and where work is needed to adapt according to the consumer and market needs.

The team is supposed to openly present and discuss the product with the customer at the end of every sprint, to get the much-needed feedback to plan the further course of action. The clear verdict of the customer is not supposed to be complained about but taken back to the drawing boards to assess customer demands better and adapt accordingly.

Adaption

The result of the inspection often affects the way the system is adapted. The ability to adapt, on the other hand is at the hands of the working team. All the while it is essential to keep in mind the fundamental tenets of an agile system. The ability to adapt and deliver appropriately results in better and faster availability in the market, increased investment, enhanced product quality and satisfaction to both the customer and employee.


To abide by these pillars, it is essential to stick to some fundamental values in the long run:

Commitment

To commit to the broader goal of the team, and not be self-centric towards quenching personal aspirations.

Courage

It is essential to maintain the ideal, as some of the decisions involving adaptability would need to be stark and brave.

Focus

The team needs to focus on the larger goal and the sprint itself.

Openness and Transparency

Team members, consumers, and stakeholders need to be open and transparent about their viewpoints and decisions.

Respect

Importantly so, the team members need to respect each other’s viewpoints and capabilities, to come up with a sustainable environment.