Are you a Scrum Master who practices Scrum religiously, with Scrum Guide as your bible? Do you feel like unleashing your inner detective when you see people committing crimes against Scrum? Well, then hold on to your hats, because I have some exciting news for you!
If you have been in one of my CSM classes, then you already know the importance of keeping Scrum sacred. You don't call it a methodology, and you don't write it in all caps like SCRUM. And you also know that breaking these rules is a crime against Scrum, punishable by law.
But what about when you see others committing these heinous acts? Do you let them get away with it? Not on your watch! That's where the Scrum Police comes in - the uniformed officers of Scrum Bureau of Investigations (SBI), led by the one and only Mike Cohn and his team at Mountain Goat Software.
And if you don't report these crimes, then you're committing a crime yourself! That's right; it's called "The Good Samaritan Law," and you don't want to end up in Scrum jail, do you?
So, what are you waiting for? Join the Scrum Police today! Head over to https://www.scrumpolice.com/ and report any Scrum Guide violations you witness. Don't let those criminals get away with it - let's make Scrum great again!
And I have a confession to make. The Scrum Police finally caught up with me, and I'm writing this from behind bars (check out my mug shot below). I've been found guilty of multiple Scrum violation, and I'm paying the price. But don't worry, once I'm out, I'll be a changed person. In fact, I'll be watching all of you like a hawk and reporting any Scrum violations I see. You better watch out - I'll be the newest member of the Scrum Police, and I won't rest until Scrum is safe and sound again! (No, No. Not that SAFe Ver 6.0!).
Are there a lot of hard and fast rules in Scrum?
On a serious note, if this has prompted you to ponder the necessity of hard and fast rules in Scrum, then you're headed in the right direction. Check out Mike's latest article to get more insight on that topic.
(1)Seinfeld: ‘The Good Samaritan' episode of Seinfeld (season 3, episode 20). Directed by Jason Alexander, written by Peter Mehlman, NBC, 1992. "Jerry and his friends struggle with whether or not to report a crime they witness in."