One of the cornerstones of Scrum is the self-organizing team: one able to make decisions in relation to the target to which it has committed. “Coaching Scrum Teams” addresses how to form groups of individualists into cohesive teams, where the members support each other and make use of each other’s strengths.
So much of what is written about leadership is hogwash. There’s no recipe to follow. It starts with you and a belief in yourself. A belief in new possibilities. A belief in your abilities to make changes in the world, and an appreciation that you can’t do it all on your own: Leadership is a State of Mind
The book starts with a presentation of Agile and Lean principles. The second part explains how Lean adoption can improve the usage of Scrum with an interesting table comparing Scrum and Lean accompanied by a list of practices to avoid.
In his article “Effective Retrospectives & Reviews” Marco Mulder illustrates how Scrum teams can continuously improve by using a combination of their definition of done, working agreements and the product backlog.
The Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN) is a 501(c)6 non profit organization that is focused on making people great project leaders by focusing on the following:
Some people want to take the stance that no work should be done in advance of the sprint. That is clearly untenable. To see why, let’s take that view to its extreme: If we did nothing in advance to understand what we’re building, we’d show up at the planning meeting and say, “Hey, what should we build this sprint? We were working on an eCommerce site yesterday, but I think maybe we should switch to writing a word processor…” The team would literally have nothing written down—no product backlog / user stories / prioritized feature list at all.
Scrum teams just look different. From their faded whiteboards to their discarded post-it notes, Scrum teams make their mark just by doing their job. Read one CSPs story of how his team’s space tells the story of their struggles and their triumphs.