Lorna Mason & Jon Lawrence: Unlearning old habits and dynamically re-teaming a Scrum team

This team had a strong “legacy debt”, lots of old code they needed to maintain and develop further. Having worked in a waterfall before did not help this team, as they looked at testing as “a separate task”. How to help this team adjust, and learn to be Agile? We discuss the many anti-patterns this team had to overcome, and how the idea of “unlearning” the old ways of working helped this team evolve.

Featured Book of the Week: Dynamic Re-teaming by Heidi Helfand, and Start with Why by Simon Sinek

In this tag-team episode, we hear about two books that Lorna and Jon find critical for any Scrum Master. First we learn about Start with Why by Simon Sinek, and we discuss his Ted Talk on the topic. Then we learn about the book Dynamic Re-teaming by Heidi Helfand, who’s been a guest here on the podcast. 

How can Angela (the Agile Coach) quickly build healthy relationships with the teams she’s supposed to help? What were the steps she followed to help the Breeze App team fight off the competition? Find out how Angela helped Naomi and the team go from “behind” to being ahead of Intuition Bank, by focusing on the people! Download the first 4 chapters of the BOOK for FREE while it is in Beta!

About Lorna Mason & Jon Lawrence

Lorna Mason and Jon Lawrence are both agilists working in an insurance scale-up based in Brighton. Their journey to agile has walked a less ‘traditional’ path of Change Management and Continuous Improvement, to Scrum Master, Delivery Manager and Agile Coach; (proving not EVERY Scrum Master needs to code!). They hold the firm belief that you can be a successful Scrum Master as long as you genuinely care about people and value first; and hold a profound desire to always make things better!

You can link with Lorna Mason on LinkedIn

You can link with Jon Lawrence on LinkedIn

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