RE: [scrumdevelopment] Scrum illness, symptoms and possible treatments
I sure wish I had time to stay on this forum – lots of good stuff.
I’m curious about the people-factor characteristics… How would you describe their general attitudes, level of enthusiasm and other observations you may have noticed, such as inability to agree - even conflict, or negative hallway conversations? Do they surf or take breaks often or otherwise spend a lot of time socializing outside of work-related issues?
Have the teams ever really come together and developed into interdependent and cohesive teams? Did they ever really buy into Scrum? Have they been working overtime – do you think burnout and/or work-life imbalances? I wonder if there may be external, non-Scrum factors involved (layoffs, sociopolitical/organizational stressors, or consistent discouragements and disappointments.
How do you get along with the teams? Are you overworked, such as also doing the people management side as well as development? Do you lean toward Theory-X and/or Taylorism philosophies of management or do you like to be in control? Do you feel the team needs to be managed or coached into a self-organizing, self-directing team? Do you make task assignments or do they determine assignments? Describe the confidence you have in team members and the team. How well do you think you are leading?
Has the teams’ team formation and leadership ever been developed? Are there any strong personalities on the team? What is the typical load factor? Are there many distractions/fires to put out stealing their time? Are there hero developers on the team? Is there inconsistent (hypocritical) sponsorship or stakeholder support?
Have they openly communicated ideas and concerns often, and then no longer?
What is your role? Are you one of the Scrum masters or are you doing Scrum of Scrums and/or managing the Scrum masters? If the latter, apply the inquiry above to your Scrum masters as well. Also, how do the items mentioned above compare between the problematic teams and the others?
Was there a noticeable turning point, or was it more gradual?
If you are interested in this exchange, feel free to respond to me directly (Mark@...).