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Stakeholder identification and HR department

Last post 06:57 pm March 7, 2024 by Nicholas Gabrichidze
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06:57 pm March 7, 2024
  1. Stakeholders
    • The primary struggle for every Scrum Master lies in accurately identifying stakeholders. It’s essential to recognize that stakeholders extend beyond those whom the Scrum team simply labels as such.
    • True stakeholders are individuals who wield influence over the value stream. They have the power to impact the existence of the Scrum team. Even pluge it off completely.
    • Examples of stakeholders include not only clients and end users but also key decision-makers within the organization, and ESPECIALLY HR departments, hiring managers, and sponsors.
  2. Value Stream Control:
    • The success of a Scrum team hinges on demonstrating value to stakeholders throughout the value stream. “And yes, people in the organization who are making hiring, firing, or salary decisions are the most important stakeholders and key elements in the actual value stream—which is and should be represented by salaries or fees paid by the organization to the Scrum team members in exchange for the valuable increments they are supposed to produce
    • Failure to satisfy these stakeholders can lead to significant consequences. Deadly ones.
    • Eventually, those responsible for hiring, firing, and salary decisions hold immense sway. Their decisions directly affect the team’s ability to deliver valuable increments.
  3. Real-Life Challenges:
    • While Scrum theory emphasizes continuous improvement and value delivery, real-world scenarios introduce emotional complexities.
    • Stakeholders with dominant personalities may make decisions based on personal preferences, even if it jeopardizes the team’s productivity.
    • Recognizing and managing these emotional dynamics is crucial for successful Scrum implementation. In theory, a Scrum team that is constantly improving the product and delivering value to stakeholders should thrive. However, this idea often overlooks the powerful influence of human emotions.
    • Stakeholders with dominant personalities might even harm the very source of value—the ‘hen that lays the golden eggs’—simply due to personal dislikes

In summary, understanding stakeholders’ roles, acknowledging their influence, and navigating emotional aspects are essential for effective Scrum practice.

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