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Importance of ‘Teams’ in Scrum

In a Rugby team, it is the ‘pack’ that keeps the team on track. The stronger the pack is and more technically sound they are, the better core strength they portray in keeping the Scrum upright, thus helping the Scrum half wrestle the ball away from the opposition. However, it is not just the pack that needs to be rock solid. The ‘line’ must consist of fast and agile runners who are capable of maneuvering through any obstacle and make their way to the try line. An Agile team should exactly be like that! They must be able to steamroll through any obstacle or blockage utilizing their skills and competencies to drive the Scrum team towards is Sprint and project objectives. What is a team? It is important to first of all see what a ‘team’ is. A team is a group of individuals who possess knowledge, skills and expertise in a variety of areas. But they all must be committed to a goal where each team member is assigned to a set of tasks geared towards achieving the set goal. Each member in the team may specialize in one area but will have some sort of general skill in other aspects as well. A good team member must be a specialist as well as a generalist capable of taking up any challenge to the betterment of the team. Team Vs Group of Individuals? It is important to understand the difference between a team and a group of individuals performing a certain set of tasks. Let me try to explain using two different scenarios. Scenario 1: A cricket team is chasing a score of 250 runs in a 50 over cricket match. 9 wickets have fallen and the team needs another 8 runs for victory with the last pair standing with 2 overs to go. At the crease is the number 5 batsman, a specialist batsman and the last man who is a specialist fast bowler.  However, the bowler tries his utmost to give back the strike to the senior batsman and to hang around till victory is achieved.  Scenario 2: The production line in a garment factory consists of a supervisor, a designer, a pattern maker, a cutter, a tailor and a quality checker. These individuals do a specialized task and hand over the work to the next in line who adds more value to it and so on. If one person is absent or gets delayed in performing the task, the whole production line may get affected. Another team member may not be able to take up the task as he specializes only in one area. So, which one would you define as a team? Is it scenario 1 or scenario 2? I’m sure all of you agree that the group in scenario 1 is more like a team where each individual is assigned a specific role, but as per the requirements of the team they are able to adapt and contribute to the betterment of the whole.  This is exactly what is expected from a Scrum team. The Scrum team must be, ● Cross functional – This does not mean that QA engineer must mandatorily be able to code or a business analyst must be able to perform UI design work etc. but it just means that each team member must be able to develop at least one additional skill which may be transferable and be applied as and when needed. ● Self Organizing – There is a misconception among Scrum teams that it is the sole responsibility of the product owner to update the backlog and for the Scrum master to manage the stories and tasks. It should not be the case again. The implementation team has the freedom to add or update tasks as required to achieve the product goals. They must also be able to organize themselves during the Sprint, manage their time, carry out scrum ceremonies diligently and basically organize their work for the common betterment of the team. ● Self Healing – A Scrum team must be able to face impediments as a team, discuss about them and identify solution options most suitable to overcome those problems. Yes, the Scrum Master can be the protector and the guide, but the team itself must collaboratively sort out issues and move the project forward. ● Goal Oriented and committed – All activities and tasks carried out by the team must be in order to achieve the sprint goals and objectives and finally the release goals and objectives. The Scrum team must be committed during the sprint to perform tasks diligently to work towards the goal as a team. Thus any decisions made during the sprint must be made with the end goal in mind. ● Led and Protected by a leader, the Scrum Master – The Scrum Master is not a task master like in traditional waterfall projects. He must be a servant leader who leads by example. The scrum master must guide the team about the process to be followed, protect the team from outside interferences and solve problems through subjective and objective discussions and analysis. Thus we can see that a good Scrum team is like a well-oiled machine. A well trained and highly disciplined Rugby team.   
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Importance of ‘Teams’ in Scrum

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Importance of ‘Teams’ in Scrum

In a Rugby team, it is the ‘pack’ that keeps the team on track. The stronger the pack is and more technically sound they are, the better core strength they portray in keeping the Scrum upright, thus helping the Scrum half wrestle the ball away from the opposition. However, it is not just the pack that needs to be rock solid. The ‘line’ must consist of fast and agile runners who are capable of maneuvering through any obstacle and make their way to the try line.

An Agile team should exactly be like that! They must be able to steamroll through any obstacle or blockage utilizing their skills and competencies to drive the Scrum team towards is Sprint and project objectives.

What is a team?
It is important to first of all see what a ‘team’ is. A team is a group of individuals who possess knowledge, skills and expertise in a variety of areas. But they all must be committed to a goal where each team member is assigned to a set of tasks geared towards achieving the set goal.

Each member in the team may specialize in one area but will have some sort of general skill in other aspects as well. A good team member must be a specialist as well as a generalist capable of taking up any challenge to the betterment of the team.

Team Vs Group of Individuals?
It is important to understand the difference between a team and a group of individuals performing a certain set of tasks. Let me try to explain using two different scenarios.

Scenario 1: A cricket team is chasing a score of 250 runs in a 50 over cricket match. 9 wickets have fallen and the team needs another 8 runs for victory with the last pair standing with 2 overs to go. At the crease is the number 5 batsman, a specialist batsman and the last man who is a specialist fast bowler.  However, the bowler tries his utmost to give back the strike to the senior batsman and to hang around till victory is achieved. 

Scenario 2: The production line in a garment factory consists of a supervisor, a designer, a pattern maker, a cutter, a tailor and a quality checker. These individuals do a specialized task and hand over the work to the next in line who adds more value to it and so on. If one person is absent or gets delayed in performing the task, the whole production line may get affected. Another team member may not be able to take up the task as he specializes only in one area.

So, which one would you define as a team? Is it scenario 1 or scenario 2?

I’m sure all of you agree that the group in scenario 1 is more like a team where each individual is assigned a specific role, but as per the requirements of the team they are able to adapt and contribute to the betterment of the whole. 

This is exactly what is expected from a Scrum team. The Scrum team must be,

● Cross functional – This does not mean that QA engineer must mandatorily be able to code or a business analyst must be able to perform UI design work etc. but it just means that each team member must be able to develop at least one additional skill which may be transferable and be applied as and when needed.

● Self Organizing – There is a misconception among Scrum teams that it is the sole responsibility of the product owner to update the backlog and for the Scrum master to manage the stories and tasks. It should not be the case again. The implementation team has the freedom to add or update tasks as required to achieve the product goals. They must also be able to organize themselves during the Sprint, manage their time, carry out scrum ceremonies diligently and basically organize their work for the common betterment of the team.

● Self Healing – A Scrum team must be able to face impediments as a team, discuss about them and identify solution options most suitable to overcome those problems. Yes, the Scrum Master can be the protector and the guide, but the team itself must collaboratively sort out issues and move the project forward.

● Goal Oriented and committed – All activities and tasks carried out by the team must be in order to achieve the sprint goals and objectives and finally the release goals and objectives. The Scrum team must be committed during the sprint to perform tasks diligently to work towards the goal as a team. Thus any decisions made during the sprint must be made with the end goal in mind.

● Led and Protected by a leader, the Scrum Master – The Scrum Master is not a task master like in traditional waterfall projects. He must be a servant leader who leads by example. The scrum master must guide the team about the process to be followed, protect the team from outside interferences and solve problems through subjective and objective discussions and analysis.

Thus we can see that a good Scrum team is like a well-oiled machine. A well trained and highly disciplined Rugby team. 
 

Rumesh

Rumesh Wijetunge

Chief Innovation Officer - Zaizi Limited, Chief Operating Officer - LearntIn (Pvt) Ltd., Director /

Rumesh is an IT business leader with over 12 years of industry experience as a business analyst and project manager. He is currently the CIO of Zaizi Limited, a UK based data management company heading the operations in Sri Lanka, the COO of LearntIn, a global training institute based in Sri Lanka and is also a lecturer / trainer at multiple private universities on management, IT, business analysis and project management subjects. He is the current president of the IIBA Sri Lanka chapter and is one of the most qualified and sought after trainers in Sri Lanka. Refer his LinkedIn profile for more details and to see more articles he has written on linkedin

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This is defined in this way because otherwise the Daily Scrum will quickly be run as a status meeting (and not a daily planning event). Of course, the Product Owner can be present during the Daily Scrum, as it’s a great moment to check-in with a team, listen how a team is synchronising, ask and answer questions - after the Daily Scrum. The Product Owner, nor the Scrum Master should be leading the Daily Scrum. They can be present, but the Daily Scrum is an activity (‘Scrum’ metaphor of Rugby), for and by the development team. The Product Owner defines a sprint goal (a sprint is a time-boxed iteration to deliver a potentially shippable product increment); the Development Team inspects its progress on a daily basis towards that sprint goal, using the sprint backlog.1.10 What are certain anti-patterns regarding Product Owner?Some example anti-patterns regarding Product Owners; this can be used in an exercise to coach Product Owners. Ask what should be done to be the WORSE Product OwnerIdentify what’s actually being done of that listIdentify what should be STOPPED doing, in order to improveSome anti-patterns of Product Ownership Becoming a bottleneck in communication, so that’s there’s a delay in the flow of value between the development team, end-users, and stakeholders, …Taking decisions in isolation, so that the reason why decisions are taken are not known, nor understood, …Specifying technical solutions, and not articulating the business value, … (technical solutions are the responsibility of a development team)Pressuring the speed of delivery, resulting in less quality and inability to validate if value is being delivered, …Not listening to the product development team’s recommendations, not engaging in any healthy dialogue, …Not articulating the product’s vision, and/or strategy, resulting in development teams functioning as “feature factory”, without investigating what’s valuable and what’s not, …Inadequate product backlog management, resulting in unready items to plan, long inventory, unclear prioritisation, …Not accepting or rejecting work according to the definition of done, resulting in unclear standards of what’s a done product increment, …Not thinking how to delivery slices of value, forcing development teams to deliver components, instead of ready-to-use product increments, …Not facilitating a sprint reviewNot participating in any retrospectiveNot updating any forecast after finishing a sprintNot engaging with end-users / customers to get feedback etc2 What is the process to get a CSPO certificate?You can also follow the below steps to understand clearly.Find a Certified Scrum Product Owner course on the Scrum Alliance websiteRead and understand the Scrum GuideRead and understand the manifesto for agile software developmentRead and understand the learning objectives of a CSPO courseAttend the 2-day CSPO courseComplete the online CSPO exam, the fee is included in the course price. After completing the course, your Scrum Trainer will upload your user information into the system of Scrum Alliance, next you’ll receive an invite to do the online exam. Recommended books and material to read and further prepare:Articles by Roman Pichler,Book Product Mastery, by Geoff Watts,  Path forward after CSPO at Scrum AllianceCertification gives you access to a renewable, two-year membership with Scrum Alliance. As a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO™), you can continue your educational development to become an:Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner (A-CSPO™)Certified Scrum Professional - Product Owner (CSP-PO™)Certified Team Coach (CTC™)Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC™) Certified Scrum Trainer (CST™)Remember, if you’re starting as Product Owner, the CSPO certification is only the start of your journey!ConclusionBeing a product owner is a satisfying job! You are the main spokesperson for the product. You act as a catalyst between the Development Team and the outside world. You take decisions to maximise product value while taking into account various constraints.
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