The Agile Manifesto is the founding document of the Agile movement. It can be found at http://www.agilemanifesto.org and if you haven’t read it, it is strongly recommended! Living values and principles is an act of striving for excellence. There are no mechanisms in Scrum to force people to live the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto. Scrum relies on individual team members to strive to develop an understanding and practice of Agile values and principles in and of their own volition. If Team Members do not live the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto in their team many other things will take priority such as creating a complex document. The team could think of Scrum as a tool for project delivery, without really working to change the culture of their organization. Since Scrum empowers individuals and makes obstacles visible, if the team doesn’t live the Agile Manifesto principles then they may be disconnected from the roots of Scrum and make it a lesser version of itself, sometimes known as Scrumerfall (where you blend some elements of Scrum with other elements of waterfall which provides little to no benefit).
I had a fantastic discussion this weekend while on a road trip with my colleague David Parker. We talked about the different aspects of Truthfulness. This is what we came up with.
Are you perfectly honest? Is every statement you make factually correct to the best of your knowledge?
Behaviors that are not honest include: hyperbole and exaggeration, sarcasm, falsehoods, omissions.
Honesty is the quality most obviously associated with Truthfulness.
When you make a commitment, do you keep it? Are your deeds an accurate reflection of your words and thoughts?
Behaviors that erode integrity include hypocrisy, unreliability, lateness.
When someone wants to know something can they find it out from you? Can you provide simple proof of your words and deeds?
Behaviors that prevent transparency include stonewalling, passing the buck, verbal diarrhea, and the use of esoteric or inappropriate jargon.
Do you accept that the unexpected is natural? Have you given up trying to control your environment?
Things that block serenity are anxiety and worry, reactionary anger, backstabbing, and manipulation.
Do you accept that others have wisdom, knowledge and experience that you don’t? Can you admit both the possibility of being wrong, and the fact of being wrong?
There are many things that prevent the development of humility: taking offense from comments about yourself, your ideas or your actions, insisting on your way, vanity, boasting, and even ostentatious self-deprecation.