“Are there areas with low motivation but high priority? Address it in your retrospective and discuss steps to improve it. What about individual motivation schemes – can you maybe use it for the team members development? Something to help in the career path?…Throughout team development phases, expected change processes or periodically – play the game again and look at what changed. You can use it like a health check.” – Read on to learn how to use Moving Motivators with Scrum teams
What is the Scrum framework?
Scrum is a framework for agile software development and agile project management, which, reminiscent of the rugby formation its named after, focuses on the team working as a unit to reach a common goal. Similar to lean methodology, it involves short development cycles – usually two weeks but never more than four – before immediately presenting results to the client or product stakeholders. This short dev cycle makes the team more agile and able to pivot the project quickly in new directions. At the end of two weeks, an implemented, tested and documented project is ready to be released.
Agile project management with Scrum is an empirical management framework that acknowledges that each software development process has different challenges.
Management 3.0 facilitator Ralph Jocham compares the empirical nature of Scrum with a thermostat. You could conceivably control internal temperature by factoring in excess heat, sunlight, wind, and location. However, as soon as the position of clouds change, you’d need to do it all over again. Thankfully, since the situation isn’t predictable and constantly changing, a thermostat regulates it all for us, by measuring what the current temperature is and reacting to what you want it to be. This approach decouples us from the unpredictable variables and negative effects.
Similarly, with Scrum, you decouple yourself from external variables, you identify what is important, and you continuously measure it.
What is a product manager’s role in Scrum framework?
If you are a manager and your organization is choosing to implement Scrum software development or other complex endeavors, you have two choices: you can allow your role to be affected by the change or you can lead the change management. Many managers fear that adopting a Scrum framework is like “sawing off the branch you’re sitting on,” as they believe Scrum eliminates the manager’s role. It’s true that your role as manager will change. In Scrum, the role often taken by the manager is called Product Owner or Agile Product Manager.
In the past, the manager sat down to come up with core specifications and delegated and dictated those results, perhaps in a complicated Gantt chart.
In Scrum, as product owner, you must not dictate what to do in long documents but to offer context for why things should be done – and you should do it in person. The Product Manager can be internal or a client, and he or she makes sure each team member understands the reasoning and context for what they will focus on.
The Scrum Master then focuses on getting the best out of the team, and each team member focuses on productivity and what he or she can accomplish during that specific development cycle.
How can Management 3.0 help you implement project management with Scrum?
Meet Martie, the Management Monster. This six-eyed fiend breaks down the six important roles of management – and we believe everyone on a team has a role in management. Of course, his lower right eye brings home the strongest principle of Scrum: to improve everything.
Management 3.0: Leading agile developers, Developing agile leaders and the workshops spun off from this best-seller kick off with the theory of complex systems theory and how different relationships arise to create collective behavior. The recurring themes of aligning constraints, developing and communicating a clear vision, protecting and motivating teams, and retrospectives for improvement, all help you as product owner, Scrum master or developer to learn how to implement Scrum framework effectively.
Much of our workshop attendees are software developers who use agile project management and Scrum, and you can learn from one of our many certified Scrum masters.