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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  1. Frands Frydendal

    To your last question: At least something about language.
    My knowledge about SCRUM is limited, but I have noticed one thing: SCRUM uses the words ”artefacts” and ”ceremonies” in a way that clearly states, that SCRUM is understood as a cultural phenomenon. There is not at all the same ring to ”lists” and ”processes”.
    Another problem of sociocracy language is ”policies”. The word is readily understood as rules, that must be obeyed and are put down through a political process.
    We, who sympathize with consent decision, will typically have some aversion against these connotations. I have noticed that in the introduction of Sociocracy 3.0 the term ”agreements” is used. (Dansk – Overenskomster). It makes good sense to get rid of the coercion-connotations of ”policy”, since there is no coercion with the formal adoption of consent as the process for putting down rules.



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