Agile Sociocracy

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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The phenomenology of sociocracy
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Holakrati, holokrati och sociokrati
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Hur införa sociokrati i en organisation (del 2)?
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Sociokrati är som en skogsträdgård
Kurs i kväkarnas beslutsmetod, som sociokrati bygger på
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Sociokratibok: Idag publiceras boken
Några tankar om sociokrati
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By Jan Höglund

I share my reading, book reviews, and learning in my blog.

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