Last week I went to the Global Scrum Gathering in Munich, organized by the Scrum Alliance. I think they succeeded in fulfilling their mission: “To guide and inspire individuals, leaders, and organizations with practices, principles, and values that create workplaces that are joyful, prosperous, and sustainable.”They definitely inspired us, now it’s up to us to create these better workplaces.
The theme for this gathering was “Business Agility”. It was divided in 4 tracks so there was always something interesting for everyone: Dealing with uncertainty, Effectiveness overefficiency, Empowering people, Amplify learning.
On Monday and Wednesday I attended several workshops and presentations. These are some of my favorites:
BERNIE MALONEY – WHAT DID THEY REALLY WANT? BOTTOM LINE IMPACTS OF CUSTOMER COLLABORATION
This was a workshop in which we had to create invitations for a party. Bernie was our Product Owner and made us go through several iterations of creating what the customer REALLY wants.
I’ve done exercises like these before, but Bernie took it one step further. He used results of several of these workshops as a way to show to (potential) clients, that the outcome is always the same. Seeing the real numbers next to each other, makes it easier to understand why customer collaboration is so important.
NIELS VERDONK – BE CURIOUS WITHOUT JUDGING: A STRUCTURED APPROACH TO ANALYZE TEAM DYNAMICS
As a Scrum Master it’s my job to spot difficulties/behavior that are damaging the team or the way we work. Niels talked about a coaching model that we can follow:
* Observation: no judging, just look at what’s happening
* Hypothesis: why is this happening? We tend to try and link an event to something we experienced earlier. Don’t do this, there might be something else going on.
* Goals: what’s the desired behaviour we would like to have in our team in the future? Let’s work towards that goal.
* Metrics: there are lagging and leading indicators. Think about them so you can evaluate your hypothesis.
* Tools: what tools can we use to improve the behaviour or setting within the team?
JOHANNES SCHARTAU & SYLVIA TAYLOR – LIBERATING STRUCTURES: UNLEASH THE POWER OF THE WHOLE BUSINESS THROUGH RADICAL SELFORGANIZATION
Johannes & Sylvia taught us some great techniques for group exercises. Check the Liberating Structures website for more details.
These are just 3 of several good workshops I attended. But the nice thing about the Global Scrum Gathering is the value you get from the hallway discussions with fellow agile minded people. I met some great people from all over the world and was able to discuss some of the challenges we face and share some of our knowledge as well.
On Tuesday, our day was filled with Open Space sessions. Everyone could propose a session, a talk,… Whatever! On this day, the most interesting discussion for me, happened in a session from Vanesa Tejada about visualizing a team journey. The presentation was good and a really elaborate conversation between the attendees followed.
Looking back at my notes, I’ll have a lot of things to try and talk about within Elision and with our clients.