To many travelers this just looked like a moving walkway in an airport in Philly, PA. To me, it looked like exactly what I needed! Exhausted from being on the road and meeting a bunch of new people over the past few weeks, the thought of having this thing hold the weight of my bags and help me get across this big airport was very comforting.
After my amazing, but slow ride I started thinking…these walkways are like Scrum Masters!
Sometimes agile teams need a little bit of help. They get stuck in the same cycle of thinking when trying to solve problems and can’t seem to move forward. The scrum master is helps them by asking powerful questions that cause them to think in new ways. They gently lift them up and help them move successfully from one place to another.
In this article of the series we are looking at the importance of recognizing and demonstrating cultural awareness in coaching practice.
Building (and hiring) a great team takes time and effort. Patrick Lencioni’s “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” became a staple reading in an Agile community these days. And for a good reason. Agile ways of working are all about teamwork. A self-organizing and cross-functional team is in the heart of the Scrum framework. In the book, the author cites the following 5 dysfunctions:
Lack of Trust due to invulnerability
fear of conflict to preserve artificial harmony
lack of commitment leading to ambiguity
avoidance of accountability amongst the team members and consequent lowering of the standards, and the pinnacle of it all
inattention to collective results due to self-serving behaviors.
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