Navigating the world of Scrum, I’ve often encountered a recurring question: How does Scrum assist leadership teams in selecting the most valuable work? The answer might surprise some: it doesn’t. 

Scrum, in its essence, is a framework. It doesn’t possess the magic wand to point out which tasks or projects are of utmost value. That responsibility, my friends, rests with the leadership. It’s their duty to understand the business landscape, gauge customer needs, and set a clear strategic direction.

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Now, where does Scrum fit into this picture? Scrum steps in to facilitate the execution of these decisions. It aids in moulding teams of professionals who can rally around the leadership’s choices and bring them to fruition. It’s not about dictating the ‘what’ but about streamlining the ‘how’.

But here’s a wee nugget of wisdom: leadership decisions should focus on outcomes, not just solutions. It’s not merely about implementing a feature or launching a product. It’s about the broader impact, the ripple effect it creates in the market, and the value it brings to the customers.

In wrapping up, while Scrum is a powerful ally in the execution phase, the compass that guides the ship – the decisions on direction and value – lies in the hands of the leadership. It’s a partnership where both play their part, ensuring that the journey is not just efficient but also meaningful.

NKDAgility can help you.

These are the kinds of issues that lean-agile practitioners love and most folks hate, and if you struggle with finding the value, my team at NKDAgility can help you or help you find a consultant, coach, or trainer who can.

If you have issues that are undermining the effectiveness of your value delivery, it’s especially important to find help as soon as you can and not wait!

Which you can do right now. You can request a free consultation with my team or sign up for one of our upcoming professional Scrum classes. Because you don’t just need agility, you need Naked Agility.

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