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Assess Your Team's Scrum Level Using ShuHaRi and the Celebration Grid

8 November 2016

Juergen Mohr

I thought the development team was familiar with the Scrum values and principles. I asked myself how we could further improve their performance. Then I laid back for a while and thought about how to assess the Scrum level of the team. A while later, a colleague lent me the book #Workout by J├╝rgen Appelo, where I read about the Celebration Grid. I had already heard about ShuHaRi in Agile contexts and thought that the combination of it and the Celebration Grid would provide a good picture of the team's experience with Scrum and what the next steps could be. So I decided to take this to our next retrospective.

We started with the Celebration Grid, as illustrated below.


First the team wrote about mistakes they had made, experiments they had tried, and practices they had implemented. We collected the sticky notes and put them on a pin board. Next, we sorted the results into the Celebration Grid, differentiating between success and failure, as shown below.


Next, the team did a self-assessment according to the following ShuHaRi definition.
Shu Follow the rule Initially, we must learn to apply the Scrum practices properly and understand the Agile values and principles behind them.
Ha Break the rule We now have internalized the Scrum practices and have a good understanding of the associated Agile values and principles, and we execute experiments with new practices, thereby following the underlying Agile values and principles.
Ri Be the rule We define our "own" Scrum while adhering to the Agile values and principles.

The results of the self-assessment are illustrated below.


Following an analysis of the results, the team saw themselves more at the Ha level than the Shu level. This corresponds to the number of practices and experiments the team gathered in the Celebration Grid. Based on the result, I set up a workshop for the team to define more experiments to improve their performance and further develop their Scrum skills.

In general, according to the outcome, one can define the next development steps of the team. For example, with a team that is more at the Shu level, focus on teaching the Scrum values and principles, and strengthen the Scrum events. Using both methods also helps to identify whether the team's assessment of its Scrum experience is in accordance with their actual working practices. A discrepancy between the Celebration Grid results and the ShuHaRi assessment shows that the team is not fair-minded, indicating that one should work on the Scrum values first.

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Thomas Martin, CSP,CSM,CSPO, 11/8/2016 12:42:53 AM
Hi Juergen, thanks for the nice article. I can confirm the outcome of some of the experiences were very successfull.
I was glad to be part of the team when this happened. Even some mistakes could be turned into success.

I´m looking forward to hear some more from you soon.

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