If you have ever been a parent you know that all the tough love in the world will be defused if you do not lead by example. Much like this scenario when we use the expression servant leader in the workforce we must adopt the mindset that we are more likely to win the support of others who we serve rather than dictate to. Being able to humbly role ones sleeves up, take a personal interest in your team members and lead by example can go a long way. In doing so you earn the respect of others, the playing field is leveled and you instill a level of ownership where each person’s viewpoint is not only valued but put into action in the overall team decision.
Fostering this type of team collaboration is exactly what successful scrum team’s need. Transparency, respect and trust for each other, and to be truly valued as an owner of the project where your thoughts good or bad matter as they are your thoughts and an as valued as any others. For scrum to work effectively, we need a balance of not only cross functional skills but a team with various levels of knowledge each and viewpoints. Each brings these and a unique perspective on the project or problem at hand and it is up to those in the role of scrum master to bring those qualities out of the development team and product owner. Agile adoption is so much more than teaching teams the framework but is often teaching teams to become just that… a team.
Published on April 6, 2018 LinkedIn