Applying Delegation Poker to mentor a new Scrum Master

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I was studying Management 3.0 theories and practices for two years, together with agile, lean, startups and other things. During these studies I discovered the Delegation Poker game and how powerful it is in combination with the Delegation Board.

In 2018 I decided to apply these theories to my daily work with my teams to try something different. The work I do with teams is based on people and growth. I love to mentor others and learn at the same time. When I read about Delegation Poker, I realized that I could use it to help me with mentoring.

So I decided to apply Delegation Board with two people. One is my co-worker, the guardian of agile practices and a Scrum Master and the other is myself.

How does the Delegation Board work?

We put the seven levels of delegation horizontally on a board. In the vertical column we listed groups of tasks and responsibilities that the agile guardian needed.

With two decks of Delegation Poker in our hands, we played the game to decide how these responsibilities should be shared between us.

How we approached the Delegation Board

  • Choose one of the group of tasks in the vertical axis
  • Each member (myself and the Agile Guardian) chose a delegation level but did not reveal it to the other
  • We then showed each other our cards at the same time
  • Sometimes we had different opinions about an item
  • When this would happen we’d discuss it and try to reach a consensus and repeat step two
  • We did this for each item in the vertical axis
  • Over the days we had weekly reviews to make action plans based on what task group we wanted to improve the delegation level for
  • We realized some tasks needed more time and that it would take baby steps to successfully move forward with the mentor process.

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