An Agile workshop illustrating principles and thinking

Last post 05:45 am May 14, 2021
by Scott Anthony Keatinge
2 replies
07:01 am May 13, 2021

Hey Everyone - 

I would really appreciate your help/ information.

My team is asking for an 'agile workshop' that is not merely focused on educating them on the methodology. They want a workshop that is more focused on illustrating the principles of agile thinking - the turnaround in thinking a team needs to do - especially around iteration, testing and adapting.

Our team is still stuck on doing what they know to do, exhibiting a fear of failure, and citing excuses as opposed to obstacles. They know what to do, they have the framework down, it's just that they still revert to old thinking and doing with the slightest bit of challenge or insecurity experienced.

Can anyone point me to a resource online or a book that would bring key points around agile thinking across clearly and as non-threatening as possible?

Thanks Ana

09:50 pm May 13, 2021

they still revert to old thinking and doing with the slightest bit of challenge or insecurity experienced.

What are the consequences of this reversion for the team?

05:45 am May 14, 2021

it sounds to me that they don't have the framework down, as part of the framework are its five values, and if they were exercising those values they would not be in this situation. 

As per the scrum guide: 

The Scrum Master serves the Scrum Team in several ways, including:
● Coaching the team members in self-management and cross-functionality;
● Helping the Scrum Team focus on creating high-value Increments that meet the Definition of Done;
● Causing the removal of impediments to the Scrum Team’s progress; and,
● Ensuring that all Scrum events take place and are positive, productive, and kept within the timebox.


Scrum Values
Successful use of Scrum depends on people becoming more proficient in living five values:

Commitment, Focus, Openness, Respect, and Courage

The Scrum Team commits to achieving its goals and to supporting each other. Their primary focus is on the work of the Sprint to make the best possible progress toward these goals. The Scrum Team and its stakeholders are open about the work and the challenges. Scrum Team members respect each other to be capable, independent people, and are respected as such by the people with whom they work. The Scrum Team members have the courage to do the right thing, to work on tough problems.

These values give direction to the Scrum Team with regard to their work, actions, and behavior. The decisions that are made, the steps taken, and the way Scrum is used should reinforce these values, not diminish or undermine them. The Scrum Team members learn and explore the values as they work with the Scrum events and artifacts. When these values are embodied by the Scrum Team and the people they work with, the empirical Scrum pillars of transparency, inspection, and adaptation come to life building trust.