Building Great Scrum Teams. Possible !
Great teams are at the heart of the scrum philosophy. In the original Harvard Business Review paper that inspired the creation of Scrum, “The New New Product Development Game” Professors Takeuchi and Nonaka observed that one of the characteristics of great teams is transcendence. Transcendence is the spirit of a great scrum team. They have a sense of purpose beyond the ordinary that helps them to achieve great things and not be stuck in the average.
How do you go about building such great scrum teams. Are they even possible? As much as there is art to this, there are also concrete steps that we can take build such great scrum teams. Scrum values provide a solid foundation and the research at MIT suggest some concrete steps in general to build great teams. Great scrum teams are possible !
Standup Poker: How One Hack Revolutionized Our Daily Stand Up and Teams Mindset !!!Kalpesh Shah
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One the most significant ceremony of any Agile Team is Daily Standup where the team members get together and plan for their day. But quite often the daily standup turns into a zombie status update meeting where team members come together to blurt out their updates and walk away to their desk without ever maximizing the benefit of that meet up.
In this session I will share a case study of how we created a simple experiment that turned into Standup Poker and revolutionized our Daily Standup. This technique helped us uncover true insights of teams progress and got the team talking about strategic planning and plan to remove any impediments as a "team" on daily basis to accomplish their sprint goal and commitments.
We learnt that when team members started using this technique, hidden impediments and dependencies started to emerge and team members organically started to re-plan and prioritize their work to accomplish the Sprint Goal. Product Owner also found great value in this technique as this helped them see the teams true progress and engage with the team to re-prioritize user stories and even take a story out of the sprint if required. Scrum Masters started to observe a trend in the confidence level over the span of the sprint and brought that information to Sprint Retrospective to discuss and brainstorm ways to improve and keep the confidence levels high throughout the sprint. The discussions and observations due to Standup poker resulted in teams committing better and more confidently during Sprint Planning and got into the rhythm of always accomplishing their sprint goal, but more importantly they started improving everyday and got into "continuous improvement" mode.
The content, exercise and message of this session highlight the agile principles of individuals and interactions over process and tools and fostering the mindset of continuous improvement.
In this session we will share examples, stories and experiences from trying the Standup Poker and how this simple technique converted a bunch of individuals into a TEAM !!!