“Won’t all this process stifle freedom and creativity?”
It’s an understandable reaction, but I’d like to share three responses to this kind of concern.
There’s a common conception that constraints limit creativity, but the contrary is true. Think about when you’re staring at a blank page. Whether writing or drawing, it can be hard to know where to start. In one sense, anything is possible, so we’re not inspired to move in any one direction.
Constraints actually inspire creativity because they force us to think of a new way of doing something. When constraints are in place, it stimulates creativity by placing us in problem-solving mode.
When I layout a landing page for a website, I have millions of colors and fonts to choose from and pixels to align by. But if I don’t constrain some of this, it will be a mess. When I constrain the alignment, it gives more freedom with color and weight. When I constrain the color and weight, there is more freedom with alignment.
The same thing is happening in Scrum. The way work is defined and prioritized is constrained. But this gives greater freedom in how the work gets done.
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