Monday, April 20, 2015

Let the team self-organize


I must confess I haven't gone yet too long through the theory of agile, scrum, SAFe and so no. However, after six months playing the role of scrum master I know I want to stick to the agile principle of self-organizing teams as the most powerful tool to come up with "the best architectures, requirements, and designs".

Obviously, this principle may (and probably must!) be constrained by the rules of the organization the team works for; here you can find a good case about this fact, with examples I couldn't agree more with.

However, there may be a risk of excessively narrowing the decision autonomy of the agile teams, specially when it comes to a big company, where they must coexist with the traditional, hierarchical structures in charge of IT infrastructures.

And here comes my recipe: the standards, procedures, methodologies... belong to each technical leader (although they should always be open to a healthy negotiation!). But the way the scrum team complies with them should be just an internal decision, out of reach for external influences.

Frankly speaking, I haven't "cooked" it yet, but promise to keep you updated on the eventual result :)

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