Scrum vs. Sociocracy

Scrum is an iterative and incremental agile software development framework for managing software projects. Sociocracy is a method for equivalent, effective, and transparent self-governance in organizations. They are surprisingly coherent and complementary. Sociocracy’s focus is on the governance of the whole organization, while Scrum’s focus is on the project management. Here’s a comparison between them:

  • Scrum is built on an empirical process control model. Sociocracy is too.
  • Scrum has a Scrum Master. Sociocracy has a Facilitator.
  • Scrum has Scrum teams. Sociocracy has Circles.
  • Scrum keeps everything about a project visible to everyone. Transparency is important to Sociocracy too.
  • Scrum makes obstacle removal an objective. Sociocracy too.
  • Scrum has daily Scrum meetings. Sociocracy has not.
  • Sociocracy has double links between teams. Scrum has not.
  • Scrum is different. Sociocracy is too.
  • Scrum requires courage. Sociocracy too!

Scrum can learn from Sociocracy how to turn a whole organization dynamic and agile. What can Sociocracy learn from Scrum?

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Jan Höglund has over 35 years of experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. This is his personal blog where he shares his reading, book reviews, and learning.

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