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5 Smart Ways to Enhance Scrum Teams’ Maturity

The key to lead a successful Scrum team is to pay attention to their maturity level by providing them an environment where they can flourish.

In this article at Business2Community, Ron Eringa explains that many leaders focus on the processes and rules in Scrum while ignoring the people and their roles which makes a major difference.

Create Effective Scrum Teams

A team can be as great as the people working in it. The agile leaders must use these insights to create effective, self-organized Scrum teams. Here are some tips to help you implement a Scrum maturity pattern in your organization:

  • Focus on the People: Often organizations start with the relics and events without having enough focus on the implementation of the roles. This may result in a Scrum implementation where all events and artifacts are present, but Scrum remains useless. Being a leader, you should focus on helping the roles under Scrum grow. Let the people understand their roles to take responsibility for their events & artifacts.
  • Dare to Let Go: The main purpose of Scrum is to address the complexity of digital age where fast-changing customer demands determine how to restructure an organization. Scrum depends on the team’s ability to learn from mistakes and self-organize in tough situations. Being a leader, be open to delegate responsibilities and create a plan on how to execute it.
  • Lead by Example: Commitment, focus, candidness, respect, and courage are some ideal values of Scrum. The reason why many teams opt not to show these values is their political surrounding. Only by setting the right example, a leader can expect his Scrum team to act according to these values. Hence, play an active role in agile transformation.
  • Avoid Shortcuts: There is no shortcut to become a Scrum expert. Those who have never experienced how to do Scrum by the book, will never reach the level of maturity. To get fast adoption and growth, hire external expertise and let the people fail and learn from their experience.
  • Growing in the Same Pace: Each Scrum role faces a unique challenge in becoming mature. Many organizations have a matrix-based structure, where the different roles are handled by different managers. If these managers use even diverse leadership styles, there would be a major gap in the role-maturity within the team. This may lead to friction and misalignment within the Scrum teams. Leaders must form an environment where these roles can work together so they can mature at the same pace, ensuring constant support to the whole Scrum team.

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