Adapting to Scrum is not easy for those who have been tied to the Waterfall framework or other traditional approaches since the start of their software development careers. These traditional models were the only models used for software development for quite some time, so developers felt secure in their comfort zone. However, with the increase of Agile practices in the marketplace, leading software organizations felt pressure to build software in an Agile way. After much experimentation, Scrum became the most popular Agile framework because it is lightweight and transparent.
Scrum advocates several core values (e.g., courage, respect, openness, focus, and commitment), which make the framework even more special and admired by practitioners. These core values are not only important for software development but also influence us in many ways in our daily lives. Practicing these values with patience and consistency helps embed them in our personal lives, making the framework even more meaningful outside the work environment.
The following are five personality traits that are by-products of the core Scrum values.
- You become a disciplined multitasker. Time management is the most crucial driver of every success story. Time is the only constant parameter you have on which you can base commitments. Scrum teaches you to value time. Therefore, sticking to deadlines becomes a habit, and when you discover the beneficial aspects of time management, you start believing in its value.
- You show respect and you earn it from others. Exhibiting respectful behavior regardless of seniority is the key to building a good team. The more you show respect, the more you earn it from others. This principle is no more evident than when practicing Scrum. Individuals are more tolerant of others when respect is given to them. Respectful behavior builds stronger connections in our lives.
- You are the relationship guru. Working continuously in a collaborative environment drives your subconscious to think differently. You cherish the small things that build a happy work environment and create a safe comfort zone where you can take care of each other. Water cooler chitchats, a little laughter, or a small unofficial outing have the power to build strong relationships. All of these good memories motivate you to build stronger relationships outside of your comfort zone.
- You become strong and confident, yet realistic. Scrum emphasizes being courageous. In the past, saying no to upper management was difficult for developers because of unwritten rules that had created a fear-driven work environment. Scrum demolished this practice by empowering the core team to take ownership of their work and make justified and realistic decisions. Owning the deliverables and voicing agreement and disagreement in turn influence your subconscious to be more confident in any situation.
- You self-assess periodically. An effective retrospective plays the biggest role in a Scrum team — this is when the team introspects and as a result defines corrective measures that will help them achieve greater goals. Unless introspection is explicitly taught, people are initially reluctant to do it and are unaware of its great power. When a team practices effective retrospectives, they gradually come to understand the true value of self-assessment, and this exercise does not take long to turn into a personal habit.
These are some of the great qualities that are honed by understanding the greater philosophy that supports the powerful Agile framework. Agile principles not only make our work easier but also make our lives more meaningful when they become personal habits.