The real problem - Is there a solution

Last post 04:49 pm November 24, 2020
by Jehan Kothari
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06:34 pm November 19, 2020

I strongly agree the 3 pillars of Transparency, Inspect, and Adapt along with the core values of courage, focus, commitment, respect and openness. 

HOWEVER - Business Culture does not function on transparency nor the ability of openness without the fear of reprisal. 

For example performance reviews are based on individuals not teams . Many companies including GE in it prime days always ranked the bottom 20% (arbitrary methods) , Metrics based off of how many reports do I make or fix, etc....  Yes some of this on the surface is changing but at the core it is not and I am pondering is there a solution. 

This culture becomes more obvious during difficult business time when downsizing occurs. Everyone falls in line with the corporate marching orders, people start to back stab each other, and basically the core values are all tossed.   I also believe in good times this culture exists but it is much more subtle.

The question is : IS THERE A SOLUTION ??

Opinions please...  Or offer up a solution or partial solution.

07:21 pm November 19, 2020

In what ways can you apply empiricism (transparency, inspection, adaptation) to your dysfunctional business culture?

07:32 pm November 19, 2020

I strongly agree the 3 pillars of Transparency, Inspect, and Adapt along with the core values of courage, focus, commitment, respect and openness. 

HOWEVER - Business Culture does not function on transparency nor the ability of openness without the fear of reprisal. 

I would suggest:

Business Culture does not function on transparency nor the ability of openness without the fear of reprisal

THEREFORE - when implementing Scrum proves hard, we have the Scrum Values to fall back on.

This includes demonstrating the Respect which others may not show us, and the Courage to challenge the fear of reprisal you refer to.

The question is : IS THERE A SOLUTION ??

A good question, and if you find a solution, please let me know. Until then remember a Scrum Master will "meet clients where they are", while simultaneously demonstrating a low tolerance for organizational impediments. My advice is to decide for yourself how low is low in this regard, since it can bring personal risk, and hence must be a personal decision.

06:09 am November 24, 2020

No matter how you try to encompass the openness or transparency but it there is someone else who is calling the shots, it is inevitable. I have 2.5 years experience as a scrum master but If you want to know "How you can fail scrum", I can compete many of them. Having SM as Manager, PO as Manager, only few teams working under Scrum framework and even though all project were needed to be integrated into ERP, there were no scaled scrum framework, Optimism about everything will turn up well on the projected date, have seen waterfall continuing under the disguise of Scrum & I can keep going on and on :D So, the question I will leave with you to ponder upon is: 

Yes there is a solution but is there an authority to do it?  Just to give you positive feeling about your question, scrum is implemented happily from top to bottom.