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Anthropological View of Scrum
Written by Lisbeth Cardoso   
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 18:26


Anthropology is the science that studies humanity: human’s social, human behavior, cultural organizations, to mention some. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems.

Scrum incorporates new values, concepts, rules, practices and roles into an organization alongside boosting human interactions. Therefore, Scrum must be also considered form the anthropological perspective.

For instance, the Daily Scrum meetings reinforce communication between the team and the Scrum Master.

The Sprint Planning Meetings demand also an active Product Owner’s involvement throughout the entire development process.

Scrum introduces a new vocabulary, set of practices and rules.

Scrum promotes courage and trust by keeping an up-to-date and honest Product Backlog.

Scrum encourages team members to be always committed and focused on the project, and Scrum Masters to facilitate team members’ work at any cost.

Scrum also revolutionizes management approach by granting freedom to act to team members.

Anthropology shows us that changing cultures is one of the most demanding and difficult challenges to accomplish within a group of individuals. Scrum is definitely modifying, for the better, the way software development is perceived nowadays, no doubt about it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 20:43