Many new Scrum teams face significant friction from others in their own organization. Leaders or other teams don’t understand how they’re operating or why they’re doing things the same as before. This confusion leads new Scrum Masters to ask the following question.
How do you align the scrum values with your organizational culture?
Culture structures what we value and how we behave. It’s critical to align the organizational values and the values driving how you plan to get work done.
This article will cover three essential topics to help you begin this journey of navigating organizational culture and Scrum.
When training new teams in Scrum, some have commented, “it kind of treats you like an adult.” I would agree with this sentiment and emphasize that it can be highly refreshing.
But it can also be challenging. Transparency often feels scary at first. So does releasing control. There’s a lot of trusting in Scrum.
The team members must trust each other to be transparent and open as well as respect that each other will follow through on what they committed to. Leadership has to trust the scrum team with a level of empowerment and less control than is often common in many organizations. The team also has to trust the leadership that they genuinely have the freedoms they are being promised.
Culture eats strategy for breakfast.
- Peter Drucker
Running Scrum will impact the culture of your team and organization. While it may create some friction, it will likely have a positive impact. Those two are not mutually exclusive, and in fact, they may be symbiotic.
It will probably force honest and difficult conversations with team members and leaders. Leading out and up with transparency can feel dangerous and exposed. But these changes will also likely breathe life into many people and teams.
I hear organizations talk a lot about wanting to have an agile culture. They often want to be more flexible, but agility involves more than just flexibility.
Think about when you describe an athlete as being agile. Usually, you observe the ability to change direction combined with power, speed and balance that seems to defy gravity.
There’s a lot of trusting in Scrum.
Scrum can help an organization cultivate an organizational culture with those same attributes.
An agile culture doesn’t happen overnight, and it takes time to practice together how these values are lived out on your team or in your organization.
Leaning Scrum for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. There are many new terms and concepts in Scrum.
Well we’re here to help.