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Looking for Questionnaire Participants!

Last post 09:10 am May 10, 2019 by Niels Dimmers
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02:52 pm May 7, 2019

Hello fellow Scrum enthusiasts!

I am looking for participants for a questionnaire I am conducting as a part of my thesis at Lund University's MSc in Management. The study is about the challenges Scrum teams face specifically in their efforts to be self-organizing. The purpose is to asses those challenges and come up with some possible generalizable solutions based on your experiences as practitioners.

Anybody who is/was a part of a Scrum team or interacts with one in their work is more than welcome to participate. This should take roughly 10 minutes unless you answer extensively on all questions. All questions are obviously optional and it's okay to skip questions you don't have input on. Please also feel free to share it with your teams or any colleagues you feel might be interested to voice their opinions.

Link to questionnaire:

Thank you very much for your help!

07:45 am May 10, 2019


09:10 am May 10, 2019

Hey Ahmad,

I filled in the questionnaire, but I have a comment. From my point of view, a self organising team should identify conflicts before they escalate so they can dissolve these conflicts themselves. If there is an open discussion about how many story points a story should be, or about the work during or after a daily scrum, this can be seen as an early identification of conflict and also the early resolve of conflict. Part of my job as a Scrum Master is to identify the "simmering" silent issues no one is talking about, but which might pop up as something that escalates dramatically in the (far) future, so I can pull them forward and have this difference of conflict today.

From this viewpoint, every conflict can be a threat to a team's ability to self organise, but as long as conflicts are handled in a professional and open way, I think they could be used to strengthen the team instead of weaken it. It all depends on how you pick your role as a scrum master.


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