How can I nudge my team to be more Agile?

So I'm on this team that's supposedly Agile, but …

  • Our daily scrum goes 45 minutes
  • Somebody else plans our sprints
  • We don't have retrospectives
  • We don't do sprint reviews
  • My team has 25 people
  • We've got 6 Product Owners
  • Stories are assigned by the Scrum Master

How can I as a team member nudge my team to be more Agile?

In this interactive discussion we'll look at ways that individual team members can influence our teams to be more Agile by asking a few key questions. These questions will help us get a clearer understanding of how individual practices contribute to agility and how to approach change within out teams with respect, curiosity, and a sense of adventure.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

  • Introduction:
    • Our discussion today comes from a deep and well-earned respect for the Agile Manifesto, Agile Principles, and the Scrum framework.
    • In reality, however, for many of us who are on supposedly-Agile teams, our practices are often very different than the picture painted by these concepts.
    • What are some ways that you and your teams don’t follow this framework or these principles?
    • So the question is: what can we do about this?
    • Let’s consider one of these as an example: no retrospectives
      • What effect does this have on me, the team, & the organization?
      • What are some ways we can approach this?
      • What does my team care about and how does this relate to their issues?
  • Before initiating any change, it’s important to be clear about: What do we want and why?
    • Participants divide into groups of 4-7 people.
    • SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION: Each group will pick an issue from the list and discuss the following questions. If they have extra time they can do the same for additional issues:
      • Why does this bother me?
      • What effect does this have on the team?
      • What effect does this have on the organization?
    • FULL GROUP REPORT: Each group will share their insights with the full session
  • Next, we need to ask ourselves: What can we do about it?
    • What are my options for action?
      • Let it go
      • Put it on the backlog of changes I want to push for
      • Change my own practices
      • Talk to others on my team one–on–one
      • Bring it up in a retrospective
      • Talk to leaders
    • What options are there in how the team approaches it?
      • What have we tried before and what did we learn from it?
      • Could we try a partial solution?
      • Could we ask the team for their ideas?
      • What could be done as an experiment?
      • How might we ensure that people feel safe trying something different?
      • What if team members don’t want to be a part of the change?
    • SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION: Each group will discuss the following questions about the issue(s) they discussed previously:
      • What are some ways that it can be improved?
      • Who can address it?
      • What can we do as individuals to begin the change?
    • FULL GROUP REPORT: Groups will share their findings with the full session
  • What can I say to convince them?
    • Putting it in context: How well are we doing?
      • Are we producing results regularly?
      • Are we able to adapt to change?
      • Are our results of good quality?
    • What’s important to them?
      • What do your teammates want?
      • What does your leadership want?
    • SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION: Each group will discuss how they might persuade others about the change(s) they’re proposing.
      • Why is this more important than other things?
      • What are the potential benefits?
      • How will this affect them?
    • FULL GROUP REPORT: Groups will share their findings with the full session
  • Wrap Up:
    • What are some things you got out of this workshop?

Learning Outcome

Participants will have experience doing the following:

  • Applying Agile principles to specific team situations
  • Considering how individual Agile practices affect team results
  • Prioritizing potential changes and
  • Reasoning about potential changes from the perspectives of the people they are trying to influence.

Target Audience

Scrum team members

Prerequisites for Attendees

Participants should have some familiarity with the Scrum framework and terminology.

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