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Onderwerp: Values

The Box of Transparency

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  29-09-2015
Onderwerp: Scrum  values  

This blog post is about a little box. A little transparent box. The box contained only one sticky note. A sticky note with a milestone. The milestone belonged to a a large project that concerned a comprehensive organizational change with multiple Scrum teams.

This milestone was special, because it was a milestone the team failed to achieve.

Today we had the first review with all the different teams that are involved with the organizational change. The review had the structure of a "marketplace". No PowerPoint slides. Every team prepared a flip-over & market stall with the most important deliverables, ups & downs off the previous period and deliverables for the upcoming sprints. With short demo's of 12 minutes every team presented & discussed their progress with the other teams and stakeholders.

On itself the review was already great, this little box of one of the teams however made it awesome!

Is Your Scrum Team a Set of Pawns or Players?

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  23-09-2015
Onderwerp: Scrum  Values  Leadership  

Update 23-9: my colleague Wiger Middelkamp gave me some feedback, this resulted in adding the third lesson learned. 

Previous week I used the Spotify Squad Health Check model to assess a teams situation and condition. One of the cards the game contained caused quite a lot of discussing during the retrospective and also gave me some thoughts afterwards, namely:

Pawns or Players

Is Your Team a Set of Players?
We are in control of our own destiny! We decide what to build and how to build it.

Or is Your Team a Set of Pawns?
We are just pawns in a game of chess with no influence over what we build or how we build it.

Most of the teams I work with want to be a 'player', but how do you become such a team? In this blog post I've shared the three most important lessons I've learned. The team I have in mind is a Scrum team. This includes the Scrum Master, Product Owner and the Development Team.