I’ve written before about how a Scrum Master can begin working with a new team, and lately I’ve been experimenting with a new technique. I won’t rehash what I’ve written already, but it’s important to understand that my previous advice still applies:
- It’s about them—not you—so put your agenda aside.
- If possible, shadow the team for a sprint as a means to understand how they’re all connected together. Shadows can’t talk so stay quiet.
- Ask tons of questions to understand not to persuade. And remember.
When you’re not terribly smart, it helps to be a good listener.Jerry Weinberg
Set up time individually with each team member. Thirty minutes usually does the trick. I walk in with three topics as a means to draw them out, and today, we’ll talk about the first of those three. In a future post, we’ll talk about the other two. And it begins with a triangle.[Read more…]