Friday, October 9, 2015

10 Warning Signs, that your team is not self-organizing

How do you know that self-organization is working? The Bern Chapter of Scrum Breakfast Club looked into this questions, and identified the following warning signs (which I have taken the liberty of translating).

  1. The team reports to the Scrum Master at the Daily Scrum
  2. People wait for instructions from the Scrum Master
  3. Team members don't hold each other responsible [for their commitments]
  4. The same impediment comes up twice
  5. "That's the way it is" => resignation
  6. "I" instead of "We"
  7. Flip charts are lonely
  8. Culture of conflict-avoidance
  9. Decisions processes are unclear, nor are they discussed
  10. Personal goals are more important than team goals

To this list I would add my a couple of my favorites:
  1. you don't see a triangle on the task board (not working according prioritization of stories)
  2. after the daily Scrum, people return directly to their desks (no collaboration)
  3. there are a least as many stories in progress as team members (no pairing)

P.S. You can join the discussion or solve your own challenges at a future event! And here is the original list (in German).

EDIT: Here is the second slide:

  • Retrospectives are superficial
  • Agile Mindset Not Present => No inspect and adapt
  • The Team has no influence on the backlog (order, content, priority)
  • The Team is not interested in improving their performance
  • Changes in Team Composition are not managed by the Team
  • New members are not introduced by the whole team
(Suggestions for improved translation are most welcome!)