Scrum relies on the ScrumMaster to be truthful and transparent about the reality of the team and how it is progressing in the use of Scrum. The condition of the team includes the ability of the team to discuss ideas, become united in their focus and build true bonds of friendship. It is valuable for the Scrum team to regularly identify the condition of its team informally through conversations and formally through the Scrum process. The ability of the ScrumMaster to help the team to reflect on its own team development helps them advance and overcome conflicts and challenges. It is also valuable to inspect and adapt on its use of Scrum so that it is aware and taking ownership of its own progress. A ScrumMaster that isn’t truthful about the condition of the team will be unable to help the team to advance and become a high-performance team. Reviewing the use of Scrum will help move the team to take on a posture of learning which will lead to the development of continuous improvement which is a tenant of Scrum. Those teams that don’t do this may fall into the trap of becoming “insane” – doing the same things each and every Sprint and expecting a different result. Regular and deep review of the team’s current state is essential for the team to become more productive, effective, and creative.
Find out more about how your team follows the rules by using the Scrum Team Assessment.