Personal effectiveness in Leading Agile Teams
07 August 2020
Posted by: Egor Cusmaunsa
Personal effectiveness is based on 3 pillars:
1. Setting goals (Focusing)
Brian Tracy wrote that today only 3% of people know what they want to achieve as an outcome.
Plan for a year/half-year/month/week/day on a personal level that is similar to 5-level Planning on team level. In 5-level Planning, we are planning our output for Product Vision, Product Roadmap, Release Planning, Iteration Planning and Daily Planning (so we can Zoom in - Zoom out).
In Scrum, we have 2 special events: Sprint Planning and Daily Scrum. Sprint Planning is 2–8 hours meeting for setting Sprint Goal and Plan for achieving for the next 1–4 weeks Sprint. By the end of this meeting, the Development Team should be able to explain to the Scrum Team how they are going to deliver the increment for the upcoming Sprint based on the created Sprint Backlog. On a daily level, we have the Daily Scrum which is 15-minute meeting for inspecting and adapting our Sprint Goal.
2. The right allocation of resources
After you have planned everything, divide your tasks into categories of “important” and “unimportant”. If they are from “important-non-urgent” and “unimportant-non-urgent”, then transfer them to another day and focus on more important matters that move you toward your personal and team’s goals.
In Scrum, we have a Sprint Review meetup for inspecting and adapting an increment. The Sprint Review is for figuring out our Increment, achieved Sprint Goal and getting feedback from our Stakeholders (End-Users). We can collaborate with the reaction of End-Users (stakeholders) and as a result, re-prioritize Objectives for the next Sprint(s).
3. Effective environment and communication with people (team, partners, stakeholders, etc.)
On a personal level, do not be afraid of new faces, expand your social circle and let your teammates have more trust. Networking helps to find the right people you need: teammates of Scrum Team, mentor(s), technicians and domain experts. After you find the right people let them do the right things in an agile way. That means to create a safe and trust orientated environment where teams can experiment, fail and learn continuously.
In Scrum, we have the Retrospective - a special meetup for the continuous improvement of our process. In about 1–2 hours we inspect and adapt the process of our Sprint(s) including the teams collaboration as an output and prepare a plan of improvements. As per Scrum guide, at least one item of improvements should be included into the Sprint Backlog for the upcoming Sprint.
Therefore, learn to communicate with your team and build a safe, innovative and trusting environment.
And It’s time to ask yourself questions: Are you ready to increase your personal and your Team effectiveness?
Guest blogger bio
Egor Cusmaunsa is a CEO & Co-Founder at Be: Agile. With over 7 years of experience in IT, he is known as an Agile Evangelist and servant leader that has a true passion for innovation. He excels at facilitating scrum events, coaching and teaching development teams on how to be more self-organised and cross-functional. Alongside his MSc in Economics and Informational Management, his skill sets have been honed over years working in Quality Assurance for outsourcing companies, as a Project Manager at various startups, and as a Co-organizer and Scrum Master for Scrum Trainings.