Scrum Talent Manifesto

In our research, we are uncovering better ways of developing talent by helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:

  • Individuals, teams and feedback over methods and tools
  • People developing themselves over writing comprehensive development plans
  • Shared responsibility over management-driven initiatives
  • Responding to change over following a plan

That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.

Key principles

  1. Continuous attention to employee well-being enhances agility.
  2. Welcome changing career desires. Plans and goals change; not many people have the same career desires for their whole life.
  3. Personal development is a shared responsibility. It should not be driven by either management or by the individual alone.
  4. Self-organization is the best way to develop a talent strategy centred around the individual.
  5. The most efficient and effective method of developing talent is in face-to-face conversations between the individual and facilitator(s): HR, management, the team. These conversations need to be meaningful and happen on a frequent basis.
  6. Simplicity is essential. Talent development should be accessible and understandable to any individual, regardless of their background.
  7. Talent development should keep a constant pace. It is continuous. It never stops and never takes a break.
  8. Visual management is key. Talent development goals should be visually presented and easily accessible, otherwise they will get overrun by operational tasks.

(As inspired by the Agile Manifesto.)

Downloadable version (PDF) available.