Recently, in my work helping teams to learn and implement Scrum, I have deliberately not been using diagrams. Having participants create their own ways of describing Scrum based on their own understanding is often a much more powerful approach to learning than showing them a diagram. If you give someone a map, they tend to assume that all of the exploring has already been done. If you give them a space to explore, they tend to create their own maps and provide new knowledge about the space being explored. Maps and diagrams do serve a purpose. They are useful. What’s important to always keep in mind is that they should not be regarded as definitive but rather as one contribution to a body of knowledge that can and should grow.
Anyhow, this isn’t intended to be a blog post about diagrams but rather as a post sharing a diagram that I have created. One of the participants of a Scrum training that I recently facilitated asked me for a diagram and I said I would find one for him. All of the other diagrams out there that I could find didn’t exactly convey my own understanding of Scrum. So, I decided to create my own.
This is the first increment. I am open to feedback and I look forward to finding out how this interacts with others’ understanding of Scrum.
You can download it at this link: Meet: Scrum.