Josh Lambert: T-Shaping Agile Teams, To Ensure Survival and Success When A Team Member Leaves

In this episode with Josh, we explore a high-performing team facing challenges. Despite excellent collaboration and goal achievement, knowledge silos arose due to a distributed application ownership among different individuals. When a senior developer announced their departure, it became clear the team would not be able to take on the extra responsibility. With the lessons from this story, Josh advises sharing real-life stories with the team, to highlight potential problems with siloed-ownership of code, and advocates “T-Shape the team” for broader skill sets, and suggests swarming on stories to address resource gaps. He also suggests the use of a skills matrix for effective knowledge sharing, and visualizing the skill gaps.

The inspiring story of how a failing hospital turned things around with Agile and Lean

Recovering from failure, or difficult moments is a critical skill for Scrum Masters. Not only because of us, but also because the teams, and stakeholders we work with will also face these moments! We need inspiring stories to help them, and ourselves! The Bungsu Story, is an inspiring story by Marcus Hammarberg which shows how a Coach can help organizations recover even from the most disastrous situations! Learn how Marcus helped The Bungsu, a hospital in Indonesia, recover from near-bankruptcy, twice! Using Lean and Agile methods to rebuild an organization and a team! An inspiring story you need to know about! Buy the book on Amazon: The Bungsu Story – How Lean and Kanban Saved a Small Hospital in Indonesia. Twice. and Can Help You Reshape Work in Your Company.

About Josh Lambert

Josh is an Agile Coach at a financial institution. He has been through a few different Agile Transformations. And became a Scrum Master in one of the early transformations and loved the role where where he stayed for 6 years, after which he transitioned into an Agile Coach.

You can link with Josh Lambert on LinkedIn.

Jean Coetzee: From Obsession to Ownership, Avoiding the Deadline Trap in Agile Teams

In this episode, Jean recounts a cautionary tale of a team with an unhealthy obsession with meeting deadlines. The team’s relentless pursuit led to a sense of loss of control and disconnection from the broader reality, paralleling themes from “The Matrix.” Jean emphasizes the importance of reclaiming control over one’s time and lives, and urges listeners to reflect on what makes a high-performing team member. He underscores that meeting deadlines should not be the sole purpose of a team, and that true ownership lies in a more holistic approach to achieving success.

Featured Book of the Week: Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink

In this segment, Jean discusses the profound impact of Jocko Willink’s book, “Extreme Ownership,” on his journey as a Scrum Master. He highlights how the concept of ownership is crucial in Agile practices and applies not only to individuals but to the entire team. The book emphasizes the importance of understanding, camaraderie, and trust within a team, ultimately leading to high performance. Jean stresses that roles don’t define ownership; it’s a collective responsibility for achieving success in Agile endeavors, making “Extreme Ownership” a valuable resource for both Scrum Masters and product owners.

Transform Your Agile Teams with Hard-Earned Lessons from Super-Experienced Scrum Masters

Do you wish you had decades of experience? Learn from the Best Scrum Masters In The World, Today! The Tips from the Trenches – Scrum Master edition audiobook includes hours of audio interviews with SM’s that have decades of experience: from Mike Cohn to Linda Rising, Christopher Avery, and many more. Super-experienced Scrum Masters share their hard-earned lessons with you. Learn those today, make your teams awesome!

About Jean Coetzee

Jean is passionate about humans, and how they work together from a psychology and neuroscience perspective.

Jean, credits the early ScrumMaster podcasts for shaping his Agile career. These insightful episodes provided vital guidance during the early days, boosting confidence in serving others effectively. Jean learned to navigate uncertainties and gain confidence in their Scrum Master role, all thanks to this and other podcast contributors.

You can link with Jean Coetzee on LinkedIn.

Aria Omidvar: Friendship or Performance, The Hard Dilemma Scrum Teams Sometimes Face

Aria shares a common team pitfall: sacrificing trust, transparency, and courage for camaraderie. In this case, a team’s cohesion eroded as they prioritized friendliness over addressing performance issues. One underperforming developer strained the team’s efforts, despite trying to help that team member. The team’s hesitancy to confront the issue led to a painful breakdown. Aria emphasizes proactive communication and recommends ‘The Hard Thing about Hard Things’ as a resource. He underscores the importance of clear warnings and transparent discussions to salvage a struggling team.

Featured Book of the Week: Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams by DeMarco and Lister

Aria discusses the profound impact of the book “Peopleware,” which predates the modern Agile movement. He notes its timeless relevance, emphasizing its focus not only on software but also on the crucial element of ‘peopleware.’ Despite lacking current Agile terminology, the book remains remarkably insightful. Aria also references Fred Brooks’ “Mythical Man-Month” in his exploration of timeless books that have influenced the Agile movement.

Transform Your Agile Teams with Hard-Earned Lessons from Super-Experienced Scrum Masters

Do you wish you had decades of experience? Learn from the Best Scrum Masters In The World, Today! The Tips from the Trenches – Scrum Master edition audiobook includes hours of audio interviews with SM’s that have decades of experience: from Mike Cohn to Linda Rising, Christopher Avery, and many more. Super-experienced Scrum Masters share their hard-earned lessons with you. Learn those today, make your teams awesome!

About Aria Omidvar

Aria has 4+ years of experience serving as Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Agile Coach (CSM, A-CSM, CSPO) from single teams to multiple teams and the whole software organization. He’s a Software Engineer turned Software Developer turned Peopleware Developer and Agilist.

You can link with Aria Omidvar on LinkedIn and connect with Aria Omidvar on Twitter.

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