Your team has just finished a very hard sprint, they came up short and failed the sprint. They did not deliver some key stories, the PO is angry and the team are angry with the PO, the retro is turning into open warfare.
What do you say to the group?
Your working with a new Scrum Master, he is having troubling getting the team to do task breakdown and wants to know what we would lose if the team did not do it.
Whats your answer ?
You have a new PO, she is has just finished her training, so far she has done very well. You have been impressed by her first sprint planning. Your just about to start the last session of the day, just before it starts she pulls you aside says “what should I be focusing on here”.
What do you answer ?
In SAFe and Scrum at every PI planning and at every sprint planning I always ask the team about there commitment to the delivery, I ask them if they are willing to make a promise to the Sponsors, Product Manager and the Product Owner, and most importantly of all promise to each other that they will do everything within our power to get this done. Its important they think about this decision, one of the many benefits of the fist of 5 (widely used in in SAFe) is a give them a pause for thought. What the vote, assuming its a free vote will tell you what they really think. Tell you what the probability of success is.
You have been asked to help setup a new team, and during discussions with the new PO shes asks if we can run the daily standup’s one after the other, one at 0915 and the next at 0930. What are your thoughts.
How well do you think this will work ?
What are three different scenarios where pairing could be used in a team.
Your new to an organization and you are assigned a team where the scrum master is in London and the rest of the team is in Singapore, what are the benefits of this configuration.
You have a brand new Product Owner, you sit down to prepare for the next sprint planning, the Product Owner has already selected the stories for the next sprint, even prioritized them,l
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How Happy are you ?
I am an agent of change, my job is move peoples world view, I do this by being a Constructive Irritant.
This is what Dr. John Izzo says what you need to be as a Constructive Irritant.
Here are some ways to be a constructive irritant.
- Punch above your weight or formal position. Be creative and generate new ideas for products and innovations even it’s not your job description. Win customers for life even if it’s not your department, and generally go bigger than whatever your role says you MUST do.
- Don’t complain, Bring Solutions! When you see a problem, bring it into the light and offer solutions. And when you hear others complaining, make a constructive comment to change the atmosphere.
- State your intention. Write down how you want to change your workplace. Look for ways to influence in the direction of that intention all day long. Say things like “I am raising this issue because I care about this organization and our success.”
- Never finger point. Take Responsibility. When you raise an issue say here is how I have contributed or here is what I can do to solve this. Begin with yourself.
- Debate Up, Advocate Down. With your peers and those above you be known as someone who challenges things in a constructive way. To those who report to you always be a team player supporting decisions made by those above you.
Swarming, is swarming a desired state, what behaviors would I expect to see in a team that is swarming, what should I do about it if I see it.