What vs. Why

The quick win

To take a step back, I’ll share a problem my team faced a few years ago. While we hammered through our sprint commitments week after week, we found a bottleneck happening at the end of the sprint. Work was making it out of the development queue, but it was not being tested adequately to pass along to our various stakeholders. At best, this just meant a cursory, successful review but more often than not, it involved rework on items we thought were done but in reality needed more effort applied.

Jumping to solutions

Now I felt for years that this outcome was a positive one — case closed. By being more involved in our work, I better understood things and could more effectively collaborate with our clients. Plus, since I was testing our work, I readily identified a need for better “How to Test” guidance following dev work. I asked this of the team and supported them in writing better testing instructions for every work increment. On top of all this, my involvement freed the team to move onto other tasks more quickly, thereby increasing our velocity. Win-win…..win.

Scrum-bergs

When we, as Scrum Masters, stay at the surface level, not bothering to dig deeper into team challenges, we run the risk of identifying (and focusing on) “small b” blockers. These quick wins are fairly trivial to remove, but more often than not, under the chilly arctic waves lies a “Big B” Blocker iceberg, ready to sink our teams.

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