Scrum Values

Respect

Respect as an integral part of the Scrum framework elevates the team members, increases motivation, and saves resources by boosting the performance of each individual member.

Respect in the Scrum Context

What does Respect mean in the context of Scrum? While it takes constant work on defining and implementing Respect into the framework, here are some basic guidelines:

Autonomy and Accountability

If specified and implemented correctly, respect increases effectiveness and allows each member to stand behind their role in the team, as well as the results they produce. Respect grounds in valuing each member’s opinions, as well as their skills and working experiences.

Assume positive intent

Respect within the Scrum team also means trusting that everyone works and communicates with good intentions, which plays a significant role in maintaining a functional level of communication.

Respect for Individual Background and Skill

Respect for everyone’s background and individual history creates a safe environment for each member. Above all, a respectful relationship towards the skills and experiences of all members is necessary to keep them both confident and accountable for their performance.

Benefits of Respect in Scrum

Here are some of the benefits of implementing Respect as a Scrum Value:

Top Performance

When everyone within the team feels respected and appreciated, they are able to try their best and do their best. Top performance comes from a safe environment which can’t be achieved if anyone on the team feels mistreated.

Effective Feedback

Team members tend to accept criticism and apply feedback better in a respectful environment. The belief of the best intention behind feedback helps members to see it as an opportunity for improvement.

Shifting directions when working on a project becomes more natural when there’s an atmosphere of trust present in the team. It prevents tensions and conflicts between members.

Maximizing Performance

Maximizing performance is another benefit of nurturing the value of respect. When people work with autonomy based on a trust in their skills, the results are better-finished products and better facilitation of the work.

Saving Resources

Ultimately, an organization that works on the premise of Respect saves resources from being splashed on low-value features. Maximized motivation, accountability and performance lead to a more responsible approach to time management, as well as funds.


Respect is one of the most essential elements of a high-achieving team. Scrum promotes respect by including every member into the meetings and planning process, presenting only “Done” work, giving developers ownership over the Sprint Backlog, and building a cross-functional team. It is vital for each scrum team to re-define the meaning of respect when necessary, as well as to re-evaluate the strategies for promoting it within an organization.