PDM in Scrum, part 2: PDM core values

continued from part 1: Elevating empowerment

Why all this Core Values talk?

Why talk about values? Why not just say what people should do? It would be much easier! In Scrum that would perhaps sound something like this:

– We have four meetings, three artifacts, three roles, and some rules to tie this together! 

When you head on like this without any motives you are very close to a stick-and-carrot leadership style. It’s not that you don’t need to teach rules and methods (like above), but it will not be enough if you want your teams to get empowered.

Shared goals

So, in addition to the above we need to raise questions about how we do our work. Consult the people involved. Question the tools used!

The steps to reach a shared vision (Senge, et al. 1994)

– Why are we doing Scrum?

When you reason around the values and possible benefits from those, the methods gets justified. Also, people might see ways to modify the tools and methods, to something more suited for their context. This will make people feel more engaged, motivated and hence become more empowered.

This will help you to gain some steps on Senge’s ladder to a shared vision (even though we’re not working with shared visions explicitly in this topic).

PDM Core values

Ok then, enough of all this meta-talk. We want team to get more empowered, and we want to know how to apply PDM to do this.

In Sam Kaner’s book Facilitator’s Guide to Particitatory Decision-Making you’ll find four PDM core values.

  • Full participation: all members in the group are encouraged to participate
  • Shared responsibility: all people in the group feel responsibility for the decisions being made
  • Inclusive solutions: everybody’s perspective are taken into account to get wiser solutions
  • Mutual understanding: people needs to understand each others needs and goals to get stronger agreements

Great! This allows us to get started the right way! The PDM core values helps us to get motives for working with PDM, and in turn PDM will get us more empowered with the rest of the stuff we do.

(We obviously did not quite get out of the Nine Circles of Meta, did we? Just bare with me, we will soon get to the fruits of this.)

Next: PDM in Scrum, part 3: The tree metaphor, revisited


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