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Finding Product Value Like Diligent Archaeologists

Remember the time you were a kid? You went to school, played in the field, watched TV, and constantly brimmed with curiosity and imagination. But then you grew up, and maturity kicked in. You fell into a monotonous lifestyle, and creativity faded away. This is what happens with scrum teams as well. Scrum teams go through training and get used to the sprint rhythm. But it’s not long before they get accustomed to the monotony. They take the next item off the backlog, construct it, and deliver it by the deadline. In his article, Todd Lankford explains how you can rejuvenate your curiosity and passion in scrum teams.

Trust the ‘Trial and Error’ Method

As archaeologists struggle to find an ideal dig site based on several hypotheses, scrum teams also set a goal and generate theories about what decisions will enable them to accomplish their goal. Teams experiment with many ideas before they decide to go with the finalized one. As Lankford puts it, the dig site for the scrum team is the journey that has to be covered by their customer. Most importantly, teams get a better understanding and dig deeper with the help of direct customer engagement.

Prefer Evidence Over Presumption

There are scrum teams that place too much trust on their speculations. Despite overthinking and planning too cautiously, scrum teams should go out in the professional sphere and interact with the customers. Through this, they will better understand the market and make the right choices.

Calculating value for your company and customers is an out-and-out adventure if undertaken with curiosity. The scrum team should work together to unravel the collective curiosity and chase the experience.

Click on the link to read the full article:

4 ways Scrum Teams can act like curious archaeologists | by Todd Lankford | Serious Scrum | Jul, 2021 | Medium

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