Having worked as a scrum coach and scrum trainer within my organization, I thought of consolidating some of my learning in this blog. There are lessons to be drawn for general management from the way things work in scrum environments. Hence I am incorporating the scrum series on my management class blog. In keeping with the spirit of scrum I will number the scrum series starting from S01 onwards.
S01 - Team Work
The principle used to deliver successful scrum projects is that teams work collaboratively and help each other in delivering the project as they see it as a common goal. There is no effort spent in scrum on finger pointing, blaming and highlighting mistakes of others. In scrum efforts are spent on doing the right thing by the right person who has the right knowledge.
Scrum teams are essentially self-organizing teams. There is no assignment and allocation of tasks by managers. Team members agree on the goal to be achieved in the current sprint and take up tasks that are necessary to reach there.
The word 'Scrum' comes from Rugby and this is how teams work on the sports field too. The intention is to ensure that the ball is not dropped and the goal is achieved. In the process teams continuously surge towards the goal while constantly adjusting their positions as per the current situation and location of the ball in juxtaposition to the goal.