How long does it take your team to fully embrace Scrum?
I met Jeff Sutherland last night at the Scrum GOTO Night here in Zürich and he explained a couple of interesting bits…
One idea was the Scrum Shock Therapy: In 10 Sprint to 400% productivity
I heard about it before, but never got it explained by himself.
Here is my recap:
As a Coach you bring a team as fast as possible through 3 phases:
Shu, Ha, Ri.
- In the Shu phase you act as a dictator and they must follow your rules.
- In the Ha phase you are the facilitator of Scrum and their work.
- In the Ri phase you try to leave the team and just leave them.
In Jeffs experience this lasts around 10 one-week Sprints.
A common discussion you get then:
Engineer: “But I can’t do anything in one week!”
Scott: “Then simple math suggests that you can only do four nothings in a month.”
I think this highlights an issue we see very often: People are not able to split up work into smaller pieces. But in the end you do that anyway, since you have to start with 1 line of code/documentation/design anyway…
The whitepaper from Scott Downey
An article from Jeff related to this
Scrum “Shock Therapy” How To Change Teams FAST
Can you change Scrum?
Great article by fellow Scrum trainer Dominik Maximini
The question to be answered is: “Can you change Scrum?”
Scrum is a tool, like a hammer. Once it served it’s purpose (the nail was driven into the wall), you can put it away (stop using Scrum).
Additionally, on your journey of change, I suggest to keep a “Scrum Process Backlog” (silly name). A list of Scrum elements that you have not used or implemented yet, but you should in the near future.
“Can you change Scrum?
7 Reasons Why People Resist Change via @keenleadership
Great write up!
7 reasons for resistance against change
- They flat out do not like the change
- They are discomforted by the uncertainty of change
- They are attached to culture / ways of doing things currently
- They fear change
- They had no say in the change
- They lack conviction for the needed change
- Believe the timing is wrong for the change to happen.
And 6 ways what to do about it
- Education and communication
- Participation and involvement
- Facilitation and support
- Negotiation and agreement
- Manipulation and cooperation
- Explicit and implicit coercion
My tips to make changes that stick (Sustainable Change)
- Involve everyone -> Conscious awareness
- Make your idea their idea
- Little improvements and changes every day
- Make change a culture
People do not like other people’s ideas. They like their own ideas … 4 times as much
Have patience and don’t take resistance personal
7 Reasons Why People Resist Change
Video: Reprogramming Ourselves to Use Agile Well