Teams Going Boldly

Photo by Amanda G

Photo by Amanda G

Saturday was my birthday, and by coincidence, my company's holiday party was that evening.  My goals were to have a relatively stress-free day and to look AMAZING for the party.  Without sounding too brazen, I think I accomplished both goals... by relying on a few experts.  I had help picking out my dress.  And advice for my hair and accessories.  And I even had someone else do my makeup.  I felt a little like Cinderella with fairy godmothers to help transform my look for one special night, but I noticed that each seemed to advocate courage [without using that exact term].

The 5 values of Scrum are courage, commitment, openness, focus, and respect.  They sound so simple, but I feel like courage is often underplayed when it comes to teams.  A high-performing team believes it can solve any problem, owns its decisions and commitments, and displays constructive disagreement.  The team needs to be not only self-organizing but empowered.  And as Esther Derby recently told the DFW Scrum user group, "One way to keep a team self-organizing is to treat them like adults."

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.