In this episode, Seye delves into his multi-layered perspective on success as a Scrum Master. Firstly, he emphasizes understanding success from the perspective of those he serves, suggesting collaboration to define it. He also sees success in terms of “working software” and advises teams to contextualize its meaning. Seye underscores the human aspect of product development and references the concept of “making people awesome” from Modern Agile. He encourages Scrum Masters to align with their personal values and live them out, adding depth to their success definition in the agile context.
Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: Temperature Mapping
In this episode, Seye introduces his preferred retrospective formats, starting with “temperature mapping.” Using tools like MURAL, this format encourages team members to share their emotions throughout the sprint. Another favorite is the “Sailboat retrospective,” employing visuals to stimulate discussion. Seye also advocates for a “futurespective” using storytelling, where teams envision the future. These formats foster open communication, engagement, and forward thinking, enhancing the retrospective experience and driving improvements in the team’s agile process.
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About Seye Kuyinu
Seye has been a Scrum Master for about a decade now. He first connected to Agile, frustrated with the lack of adequate communication that plagues traditional complex projects. He finds People and Interactions over Processes & Tools cannot be overstated, while seeing that everything is a fractal- our individual, team, organization and societal challenges are the very same. The solution in every layer is the same- an understanding of ONENESS!
In this segment, Meena shares her experience coaching a team that struggled to take off and was stuck in a cycle. Despite being nice to each other during scrum events, team members were not sharing feedback with each other, and psychological safety was not present in the team. Meena stresses the importance of having hard conversations and discussing the interpersonal topics in the team, and she suggests that teams should have the necessary tools to talk about difficult topics.
By highlighting the value that a team coach can bring to a team, Meena emphasizes the importance of psychological safety and how it plays a crucial role in team dynamics. She suggests that teams should be aware of the small things that can become big things and make sure that they are having hard conversations to address interpersonal issues. Ultimately, Meena’s experience coaching this team shows that building a successful team is not just about being nice to each other but also about creating a culture of openness, trust, and psychological safety.
Featured Book of the Week: Sooner Safer Happier, by Jonathan Smart
In this segment, Meena Venkataraman recommends the book “Sooner Safer Happier: Antipatterns and Patterns for Business Agility” by Jonathan Smart as a valuable resource for scrum masters. She notes that as a scrum master, it’s important to have a holistic view of agile and to be “T-Shaped” – understanding the various facets of product development. Meena highlights that the book brings the 12 principles of agile to life and is a resource she refers to often.
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About Meena Venkataraman
Meena is an Agile & Lean coach who helps organizations and teams transition to Agile ways of working. She is passionate about the neuroscience behind team dynamics and is interested in organizational design and the application of Agile principles across different business domains. Meena enjoys speaking at conferences and is an avid learner.
Many have, at some point, thought that the framework they used was “the Agile”. Particularly, with Scrum, many still use Scrum as a synonym to Agile. However, when we start to deepen our knowledge we learn that there are different ways to put in practice the Agile Values and Agile Principles. In this story, we explore the story where shaun finally realized that Scrum and Agile are different in critical aspects, and how that changed his stance as a Scrum Master.
About Shaun Bradshaw
Shaun is a founder and principal of Zenergy Technologies, a modern software delivery solutions firm that specializes in Agile, DevOps, Quality, and Automation. Shaun’s background in QA, testing, and metrics has played an important role in his work as an Agile consultant since he joined the community in 2008.