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The three pillars of Scrum that uphold every implementation of empirical process control are:

  • Transparency
  • Inspection
  • Adaptation

Let’s explore a bit more about these three pillars, and why they are so essential to the Scrum framework.

Transparency allows all facets of any Scrum process to be observed by anyone. This promotes an easy and transparent flow of information throughout the organization and creates an open work culture. In Scrum, transparency is depicted through:

  • Artifacts
    • Project Vision Statement
    • Prioritized Product Backlog
    • Release Planning Schedule
  • Meetings
    • Sprint Review Meetings
    • Daily Scrum Meetings
  • Information Radiators
    • Burndown Charts
    • Scrumboards (e.g., Kanban)

Inspection in Scrum is depicted through:

  • Use of a common Scrumboard and other information radiators.
  • Collection of feedback from the customer and other stakeholders during the Develop Epics, Create Prioritized Product Backlog and Conduct Release Planning processes.
  • Inspection and approval of the deliverables by the Product Owner and the customer in the demonstrate and validate sprint process.

Adaptation happens as the Scrum core team and stakeholders learn through transparency and inspection and then adapt by making improvements in the work they are doing.

Adaptation in Scrum is depicted through:

  • Standup Meetings
  • Constant Risk Identification
  • Change Requests
  • Scrum Guidance Body
  • Retrospect Sprint Meeting
  • Retrospect Project Meeting

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