Building new scrum teams with driven, smart people can jump start a team’s success, but more often than not, scrum masters “inherit” established teams who may need a kick start. In this workshop, the presenters will discuss Sean Covey’s Four Disciplines of Execution and how teams can use them to set and achieve goals. It’s a simple framework that distills the simplicity of the Scrum framework to its most essential parts, and refocuses and reenergizes teams to achieve higher performance.  

The disciplines of execution – focusing on a wildly important goal, acting on lead measures, keeping a compelling scoreboard to engage the team, and creating a cadence of accountability – can help teams improve and focus on the fundamentals of scrum. 

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Outline/structure of the Session

The speakers will use the 4C model of instruction from Sharon Bowman's "Training from the Back of the Room" to engage the audience. The workshop starts with an overview of the principles and how they relate to scrum, followed by small group discussions on how they can use the principles to help reinvigorate existing scrum teams. The groups then share their findings and discuss. The 4C structure of the workshop is:

1. Connection: Connect the audience to the challenges of jump-starting an established team.

2. Concept: Present the Four Disciplines of Execution model.

3. Concrete Practice: Break the workshop into four groups. Each group will work on one of the disciplines, brainstorming ways to connect that discipline with scrum, and with team performance.

4. Conclusions: Each of the groups will share their findings, and insights into how they can use this model to help reinvigorate their teams. 

We won't use slides in this workshop; rather, we'll work synergistically with workshop participants. Attendees will receive a copy of all content generated during the session.  

Learning Outcome

To teach scrum practitioners how to apply the 4DX model to help jumpstart team performance.

Target Audience

Agile practitioners who are members of or are working with established teams that could use a kick-start; teams that want to refocus their goals.


Participants should have experience working with established teams.

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  2 days ago
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    Stephen Covey or Franklin Covey?

    • Kumar Dattatreyan and Karla Haworth
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      Actually, it's Sean Covey, Stephen Covey's son, who is also a motivational speaker. Franklin Covey is is an org that provides time management training and assessment services.

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