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Scrum Adherence Index

“You cannot manage what you cannot measure” is an old adage in the project management world. Is this still valid in the Agile and Scrum world where people are preferred over processes and tools? In fact Scrum is disciplined and uses a lot of metrics, so you might like this newly proposed Scrum Adherence Index.

There are already some tests that exist to determine if you are practicing Scrum like the Nokia or “Scrum… But” test. When you are acting as a ScrumMaster, you need sometimes tools that allow you to assess your team with a neutral perspective. The Scrum Adherence Index is a work in progress proposed by two consultants of Pyxis, Christian Lapointe and Francesco Lomonaco. It is currently composed of sub-indexes for various activities of the Scrum team like the sprint review or the Definition of Done. Each sub-index has its questions that can be answered with yes or no. The sum of these sub-indexes forms the Scrum Framework global adherence index.

The spreadsheet referenced below contains the complete index. It can be downloaded and adapted to your needs. The spreadsheet has also a tab with just the checklist, without the index computations.

Scrum Adherence Index Google Worksheet:

Scrum Adherence Index Reference blog post: