Using team kickoffs as a tool to make Scrum more effective

Scrum is a team sport.  We ask people to work closely together in small teams to achieve a common goal.  A significant failing in many Scrum teams I've worked with has been the team's inability to function as team -- they tend to function as a collection of individuals, focused on their individual goals first, and the team's goals second.  

We have a tendency to put people together in teams and expect them to figure out how to work together and become effective very quickly, but we don't give them the tools to get started as a team, and move towards working together as team.  In this session, we'll explore how to use a team kickoff to accelerate the process of team formation.

 
 

Outline/structure of the Session

The session will be run as an interactive tutorial with a team kickoff exercise.

  1. Introductions
  2. A brief introduction to team building theory
  3. The who, what, when, where and why of team kickoffs
  4. Team kickoff exercise
  5. Conclusion -- review/what did you learn

Learning Outcome

Participants will come away with a customizable framework they can use to do kickoffs with their own teams.  Participants should also gain a greater understanding of how formal team kickoffs can help their Scrum teams be more effective, more quickly.

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Managers, Team Members, Coaches

Requirements

  • Projector
  • Flip chart
  • Room setup would ideally be round tables
schedule Submitted 9 months ago

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