The Scrum methodology of agile software development marks a dramatic departure from waterfall management. In fact, Scrum and other agile processes were inspired by its shortcomings. The Scrum methodology emphasizes communication and collaboration, functioning software, and the flexibility to adapt to emerging business realities — all attributes that suffer in the rigidly ordered waterfall paradigm.


Scrum Gathering 2013

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An entrepreneur is an enterprising individual who builds capital through risk and/or initiative. Entrepreneurial Spirit, then, is the overall mindset and attitude of individuals which enables them to see opportunities; opportunities to create or rethink, engage or facilitate, opportunities to do or not do when it makes sense. Successful entrepreneurs have a vision for how they fit into the puzzle; they are able to choose or see the things that require their attention and dedicate themselves to achieving success at that level. They know how to serve their customers. Successful entrepreneurs are able to be transparent and honest, if not to everyone, most certainly to themselves.

When we think about what it takes to be successful in the world of work, there are certain values that come to mind: focus, commitment, courage, openness, respect. Scrum embodies these values by providing a framework of practices that help unite individuals with entrepreneurial spirit. Those who are successful with Scrum practice the art of the possible as they seek to collaborate more effectively. They look for opportunities and take appropriate risks. Ultimately, those with an entrepreneurial spirit inspect and adapt in order to transform the world of work.

This Gathering challenges you to “Up the Ante” on your Agile game. What would it take for you to go from good to great? What does an entrepreneurial spirit look like in your industry or organization? Where do you stand on the five core values and how might you develop competency in these to transform your world of work?

I’m proud to say that I have been selected to do my “Making Scrum Stick” within a regulated industry talk at this event.  For a preview check out my slides below: 

Scrum and Compliance (2013) from Laszlo Szalvay


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