Session: What to do when you encounter problems with your Scrum adoption
Let me take you for an interesting ride - the ride on the highway of disappointments and misunderstandings related to Scrum.
Think about what you've heard about Scrum and Agile so far. “Let's do it! The development of our products will be... faster, cheaper, funnier, <any other nice promise you might get> when we start working in Sprints”. And how did it go, did it work exactly this way for your organization? If your face or body language says “well, not really,” I'm not surprised. Based on my experience, the reality is not so easy. Introducing Scrum events is not enough and I would be very careful with such promises. Scrum adoption may bring significant positive impact - just remember that it should be Professional Scrum with complementary practices suitable for you and your context.
Let’s look at another example! Maybe when thinking about Scrum Masters, you have mixed feelings about the value they bring to your team - “Why were they hired and what do Scrum Masters want from me?” The citation from one of the popular services in Poland: “If Scrum Master did not hurt you, it means that they have already helped you”. Wow, possibly that’s the sign of a big misunderstanding. And yes, dear Scrum Masters, misunderstandings might arise directly from what we do or from what we do not do in your daily work. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid disappointing your teams. I will be happy to share some of my tips.
Last but not least - your company hired an Agile enthusiast who wanted to introduce Scrum. The only change that you observed is lack of focus time for your work because now your calendar is filled with Scrum meetings. I hear you - yes, this is yet another misunderstanding! Scrum should help you, not discourage or demotivate you! Let’s talk about how to change it.
If you are tired of listening to “ahem... you have to come to the solution yourself, scrum does not say anything about it”, feel invited to my talk and bring your own problem. Let’s see together what Scrum says about it.
- Scrum is a a holder for the big mirror and asks you many important questions
- Scrum is domain agnostic; you need to learn continuously and broaden the knowledge of your domain
- Scrum is not a universal framework - it might not work for you and that's fine
Joanna is a Scrum Master, coach, and a trainer. She started her Scrum and Agile journey in 2010.
She holds a PhD degree in Robotics. Despite the technical background, she is very interested in all aspects of work, especially those related to people, products, and processes. She loves to look for better, more effective ways of working which help organizations deliver business value quicker.
In her work, she appreciates the most aha moments experienced by her and the people around her. Supporting people on their road to excellence and professionalism is very rewarding for her.