Re: [scrumdevelopment] Command and control to start
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Ron Jeffries wrote:
| Hello, Alan. On Saturday, August 2, 2008, at 1:42:19 PM, you
|> Much room, since we are not yet having them! Based on the practice of
|> keeping Scrum and the ScrumMaster alive, we are moving slowly toward
|> Scrum. Retrospectives are extremely important and may be the practice I
|> next introduce to the team.
| I would think it would be hard to do the obstacle removal part os
| Scrum without them ...
You are very correct, Ron. When starting out there was MUCH reluctance
to change much of what the team was already doing based on fear for too
much schedule disruption. This fear came both from the team and
management. So I did not push for "big" sudden changes. I think I
should have moved quicker introducing more practices in a small way.
Which is the point of this thread.
Retrospectives looked large and so I have not formally started them. We
have informal discussions after meetings where I gather information
about the problems the team is seeing. I tackle them as impediments as
best I can but it doesn't involve the entire team. Retrospectives will
lead to more team involvement in improvement.
The more I write and think about this, the more I think retrospectives
are the next thing to introduce.
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- Not sure if this will help but I have often found that people are
less than enthusiastic about changing the way they work using an
approach suggested by someone else - whether it be Scrum or any other
In all circumstances I have tried to identify that person's goals -
what they are truly trying to acheive in thier work, and what
motivates them - and then help them to see how the new working
practices can help them acheive those goals. If I can do this (and it
is often difficult), then it always helps.
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> Writing about this topic in my Scrum adoption journal, I seem to
> arrived at a conclusion that should work for me. However, thegreat and
> MUCH more experienced minds here can help solidify my confidence.If I
> may indulge, let me describe my thought train.attempted to
> Our Scrum adoption is going slowly but positively. I have
> teach the team about Scrum and agile principles to allow them toselect
> which pieces they want to adopt as we go. This has worked well withour
> starting adoption of minimizing team effort interruptions andmeeting
> interruptions.anything more.
> But we have stopped adopting and the team has not asked for
> They only have a single, one-hour presentation on the Scrum
> and some written materials in their knowledge bank. I am confidentthat
> they either don't know what to ask for or don't see the practicalvalue
> of specific practices.in the
> We still very much have a Team Lead providing command and control
> most positive way possible. (Another place where a self-directedteam
> is not yet realized.) The Lead has stated two things the pushed meto
> my conclusion, paraphrasing: "We don't need training. We alreadyknow
> how to get the job done," and "Just tell us a practice to do andwe'll
> do it."the
> Overcoming the lack of desire to receive instruction is a slightly
> different topic that I'll choose to ignore at present. Focusing on
> second point, I did not want "command and control" the team in theirScrum in
> adoption of Scrum.
> Then I remembered an question and answer exchange during ScrumMaster
> training. The question was "What is the usual way to introduce
> an organization?" Trainer Michael described a two-day kick offgoing
> through introduction, exercises, creating a real backlog, sprintlearning a
> planning and go.
> And it hit me. The described introduction process is "command and
> control," of a sort. And that makes sense to me now. When
> new technique, the student must be told what to do and the reallearning
> is in the doing. Especially when learning Scrum, the learning, andpick
> proving value, is definitely in the doing.
> I know, based on team desires and management reluctance to surrender
> time for training, a multi-hour "immersion" or an attempt to change
> everything all at once will not work in my situation. But, I think,
> based on the Team Lead's desire to be told and an initial
> "teacher/student" relationship, it safe for me as ScrumMaster to
> practices that the team can learn by doing. Command in the most
> self-directed team manner possible.
> Any thoughts or insights for me about my thinking here?
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