The Declaration of Interdependence for Scrum Masters

In 2005, a group of 15 project leaders met to the define the Agile Declaration of Interdependence. This declaration expanded upon the Agile Manifesto by establishing six management principles for complex projects.

The Declaration of Interdependence establishes that all members, stakeholders, and customers are interdependent and connected throughout the team. This declaration is designed to be a set of guidelines that provide additional process refinements.

A scrum master’s role is to facilitate delivery with members of a scrum team to achieve the highest levels of productivity. These team members include the execution team as well as the product owner.

The scrum master removes any impediments to progress and provides guidance for ceremonies, team dynamics, Agile learning’s, product definition and holding to the product vision of stakeholders.

The Six Principles of the Declaration of Interdependence

A strong scrum master embraces the six principles of interdependence understanding that their role is one of pulling together all the components of product delivery.

The six principles are:
1. Increasing the return on investment,
2. Deliver reliable project results,
3. Expect uncertainty and manage for it in a project,
4. Unleash creativity and innovation,
5. Boost team performance and
6. Improve effectiveness and reliability.

59 Seconds Agile - The Declaration of Interdependence

59 Seconds Agile – The Declaration of Interdependence

Increasing the return on investment

The first principle aligns with the scrum master’s role in maximizing the Return on Investment (ROI) by the continuous inspect and adapt model prevalent throughout Agile Scrum. This begins with the examination and refinement of features into executable user stories. Feature definition and re-definition provide an interconnected means by which to continually place the features with the highest value to an organization at the top levels of priority. The scrum master’s connectivity continues through the sprint retrospective where the project team evaluates the quality of the delivery, process improvements and has an opportunity to determine if the Definition of Done (DoD) is achieved in alignment with the ROI.

Deliver reliable project results

The declaration of interdependence successfully continues with a realization that to deliver Agile Scrum projects that a scrum master will not only connect with project team members but, also with end users who are sometimes the purchasing customers. Frequent engaging provides critical input to reduce rework, technical debt, and product misunderstandings. Scrum masters who can guide the team in facilitated Agile ceremonies will encourage the product owner to utilize the insights of customers (formally and informally) to evaluate the quality of feature definitions. It is during the sprint review that the customer value is highest in determining if the feature definition meet the fit, form and required purpose.

Expect uncertainty and manage it in a project

Agile scrum embraces the fact that projects and markets will change. Scrum works to deliver the highest priority features to the market as fast as possible to take advantage of conditions that align with maximum value.

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