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Creating teams that are a great place to work is a central tenet of Agile

From the Manifesting Business Agility Blog
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 But the focus on the individual and team to get there is mis-directed.

From the Scrum Guide – “When the values of commitment, courage, focus, openness and respect are embodied and lived by the Scrum Team, the Scrum pillars of transparency, inspection, and adaptation come to life and build trust for everyone. The Scrum Team members learn and explore those values as they work with the Scrum roles, events, and artifacts.”

I think this is more hope over experience. The lack of trust is often rooted in the relationship between the team and their management. Scrum often works to further this isolation – providing only visibility of input and output of the team. There is little collaboration created.

“It is easier to work your way into a new way of thinking than think your way into a new way of working” has been ignored. Many of the problems that teams have are due to actions that take place outside of the team. Teams need to work with management to create trust. Avoiding interruptions by not allowing them with the threat of abandoning the sprint.

Lean thinking can provide an answer here, but this thinking is more holistic in nature not merely putting in a few Lean practices


Posted on: December 15, 2019 02:52 PM | Permalink

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Dear al
Interesting perspective on the topic
Thanks for sharing

Now I was even more curious.

I am sure you will share with us this way of thinking that builds trust between team members and team members and management

It could be good to understand that Scrum and Agile are not synonims. Mainly if the PMI will take Agile as something to be incorporated inside the standards.

The transparency aspect is interesting. Teams can be transparent, but if leadership or management is not looking or trying to understand, much is lost.

The Sprint Review offers a great opportunity for the team to provide insights into the happenings of the team over the course of the sprint. It is a chance to be excited to show the successes and learnings achieved.

On the other end, there may be coaching needs for leadership on engagement and empowerment opportunities in addressing perceived gaps and expectations.

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