Modern Agile and Scrum — Experiment and Learn Rapidly

How Scrum and Modern Agile have the same foundation

Scrum is founded on empiricism:

“Empiricism asserts that knowledge comes from experience and making decisions based on what is known.” — SG

You can have assumptions of :

  • what the user wants
  • what kind of working environment works best
  • which technical solution is most suited
  • how to best work together as a team
  • and so on…

But you only know when you have built the functionality, experimented, tried things out. Through transparency you are able to inspect and then to adapt based on the things you just learned.

Modern Agile — Experiment & Learn Rapidly

Modern Agile amplifies empiricism:

“You can’t make people awesome or make safety a prerequisite if you aren’t learning. We learn rapidly by experimenting frequently. We make our experiments “safe to fail” so we are not afraid to conduct more experiments. When we get stuck or aren’t learning enough, we take it as a sign that we need to learn more by running more experiments.” — ModernAgile.org

This statement highlights how important experimenting and learning is. But there’s more. Modern Agile talks about doing it rapidly, which means shorter feedback loops.

Applied to Scrum

Translating this Modern Agile principle to Scrum this means that Sprints of four weeks might not be desirable. It magnifies the following question:

“What can we do to reduce our Sprint length to allow for shorter feedback loops”?

It can also help as a catalyst to make the development process more effective and enjoyable or to experiment with the Sprint Events.

Bottom Line

Modern Agile’s principle “Experiment & Learn Rapidly” and Scrum’s empiricism go hand in hand. Scrum can function as a great framework for this Modern Agile principle.

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