Best practices | January 12, 2023

Scrum values – courage in Scrum

Courage is one of the key Scrum values. Courage plays an important role in dealing with difficult situations and in maintaining the team.

Scrum Values- courage in Scrum

Have you ever thought of the Scrum Team as a Superhero Group? Such a local group from Marvel Universum. Where did this association come from?

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A trait of development team heroes

Courage is a trait of heroes, and the Scrum Team must have the courage to make decisions and solve the problems they encounter on their way. Often these are decisions made in crisis situations, burdened with a lot of stress. In an ideal world, there are no burning environments, no endangered releases, and no changing requirements. In the world of superheroes, such situations are commonplace. In every Sprint they set off tirelessly to fight for the best possible Product.

Psychological safety as a definition of courage in a team

In planning and in everyday life, they need the courage to speak out. Express their opinion. Make a decision. And also admit that they may have been wrong. An open discussion about the causes of failure also requires a lot of courage. Scrum Master needs the courage to admit to himself and to the team that something went wrong. And sometimes, what can be more difficult, encouraging someone to admit their mistake. Courage to tell the truth in difficult situations and the courage to listen to the truth is the way to development.

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For a team to be courageous, its individual members must be sure that they have the right to be wrong. In a difficult situation, it is more important to make a decision at risk of failure than not to make it at all. This attitude requires a lot of work in the team itself, in the organization and with the client. An atmosphere of mutual respect and trust that the team does everything in its power to deliver the best solutions is the basis of this relationship. This atmosphere can be created if everyone working on the project is open to new things or experiments.

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Scrum value of courage

Allowing to make mistakes is also crucial. This may seem difficult. After all, we want the process to run as smoothly as possible. And this intuitively could exclude errors. However, Agile at its core gives people the right to make mistakes. Scrum guide even assumes that they are inscribed in the product’s life! It also gives tools to fix them quickly.

Short production cycle and frequent feedback give the possibility of quick but painless failure. Owing to transparent culture, any bugs and product backlog tasks are resolved faster by finding new ways or solutions. Sprint retrospective allows you to draw conclusions and propose improvements. After each Sprint Review, during which the Team’s work is evaluated, they receive feedback on what they have prepared.

Good leadership is about knowing how to behave after receiving negative feedback, how to turn it into progress for the next Sprint.

Conclusion: courage makes it easier to adapt to the changes that are often necessary for the process of development. Change requires the collaboration of everyone involved in the process.


Sometimes it happens that despite the best will and commitment of the Team, the Customer is not satisfied, and it may cause various emotions and reduce enthusiasm for work. People need the courage to continue working tirelessly. Accepting the fact that no one is perfect, they open up to change.

They give the Customer the freedom to express their opinion about the Product and accept their comments with full openness, so as to make the Product even better. Not only the Development Team and the Scrum Master act in the spirit of courage but also the Product Owner. He can demonstrate courage by understanding that there are no ideal requirements and that shaping them is a process in which the vision can evolve. All they are not afraid of change. They are not afraid of challenges. Ultimately, they bravely look into the future because they know that they are a strong group, they know their goal and their value.

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