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What is one thing you wish leadership teams knew about building Agile, Scrum team environments?

What is one thing you wish leadership teams knew about building Agile, Scrum team environments?

The One Thing I Wish Leadership Knew About Building Agile, Scrum Team Environments

The quick answer to the question, “What is one thing you wish leadership teams knew about building Agile, Scrum team environments?” would have to be – they have to change. It’s as simple as that.

However, in the world of Agile and Scrum, I can say a lot more on this subject, as leadership plays a more crucial role than you may initially think.

It’s not simply about instructing teams or overseeing progress but rather about creating an environment that encourages collaboration, innovation, and agile principles.

In this piece, we delve deeper into the fundamental changes leaders need to embrace to foster a successful Agile, Scrum team environment.

Let’s explore the one thing I wish every leader knew.🎯

It Begins with Leadership

Leaders are always keen to improve, innovate and work quicker. There can be no doubt about that, so when leaders look at Agile adoption, they often envision quicker delivery, increased responsiveness to the market, and a plethora of benefits Agile brings.

What they often miss, however, is the integral role they play in this transformation.

In fact, leaders often think they have little to do with Agile adoption, but nothing could be further from reality. It’s not just about what the teams must do to get the ‘Agile thing’ working. Rather, leaders are the cornerstone of the whole undertaking. 🕵️‍♂️

Leaders are the Cornerstones of Agile and Scrum Transformation

Leaders need to be actively engaged in the Scrum process and need to be more than just bystanders in the agile transformation journey. They must bring their unique personalities and leadership talents to the fore, actively shaping and reinforcing the culture of agility within the organisation.

The culture, after all, is defined by the behaviours we allow, and if leaders allow behaviours counter to Agile, the organisation won’t reach its full Agile potential. 🧩

A Call to Leaders

Leaders need to recognise the need for change. Beyond implementing Scrum practices, they need to reevaluate policies, processes, and ways of thinking that can enable Agile. This means engaging differently and thinking broadly about the implications for the organisation.

Are we simply expecting results without giving teams the authority to act, or are we empowering them with the responsibility and the authority to get the job done? 🔄

A New Role

When it comes to Scrum, leaders need to understand that in order to get the best results possible from Scrum and Agile processes, they need to value Scrum and what comes along with it, such as Sprint Planning, Sprint Review, Daily Scrum, Retrospective for example. They also need to start thinking about how they need to change.

In an Agile environment, leadership takes on a new form. Leaders aren’t just managers of people but curators of an environment conducive to their team’s best work. 🎯

Leaders must also consider what Scrum means for their organisation in the broadest sense. Leaders need to ensure that their teams have the necessary resources, understand business priorities, and work within a culture that fosters Agile principles.

Leaders, akin to Scrum Masters, are those who continuously think about how to change the current system to enable their teams to excel. 🏆

Recognise, Embrace, Lead 💡

So I hope your main takeaway from this is understanding that leaders need to recognise as quickly as possible that their role is crucial in shaping an Agile, Scrum team environment.

By embracing this mindset, the journey towards Agile becomes significantly smoother.

Together, we can redefine leadership in an Agile world. 🚀

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John McFadyen Managing Partner
John McFadyen is an Executive and Enterprise Agile Coach with proven experience working on some of the UK and Europe’s largest, most complex Agile Transformations. As a Certified Scrum Trainer, John brings a wealth of experience as an Agile coach, Agile practitioner and software developer into each of the four core courses he provides. The war stories, the insights into successful Agile transformations and everything he has learned from coaching high-performance Agile teams combine to provide course delegates with a unique, compelling training experience that transforms as much as it empowers.

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