When a flower doesn't bloom,Alexander Den Heijer
you fix the environment in which it grows,
and not the flower
If you’re applying Scrum in your project you are most likely aware of the three questions from the Scrum Guide that can be used to structure your Daily Standup:
- What did I do yesterday that contributes to the sprint goal
- What am I going to do today that contributes to the sprint goal
- What is blocking me
I was never really convinced and didn’t see real evidence with the teams I worked with that they help to organize the work for the Day.
Too many initiatives in parallel, unrealistic production targets, and milestones. Daily status updates, tracking, rushing, hurry….why does it take so long? What have you been doing? While waiting why not starting with this other task?
The Swiss Government is debating whether they should impose a curfew. I thought before this happens I want to experience what it’s like to walk through my home town during lockdown
It’s been now nine days since me and my colleagues are working from home and I’m observing one major but unnecessairy change in our work behaviour
Sometimes you have to attend a meeting even though it doesn’t bring any value to you. They are oftentimes very badly prepared (if at all) and just boooooooring….
Before disconnecting your remote meeting allow a few minutes for team members to provide praise for others who helped them out or performed some action worthy of recognition
“Hybrid Meetings” where most attendees are physically in a room and a few connecting remotely over video is pretty standard in my organization. This setup has a lot of disadvantages. In fact I can’t think of any advantage for the meeting structure and facilitation.
Do you have more meetings with your manager since you started working from home? Have you been told to communicate more? Is your manager suddenly more present on your team slack channel? Do you have to send status reports more regularly? If you answer one or more of these questions with yes, you seem to be dealing with a micromanager.
Having everybody working from home is an important step for each and every company that is able to do so, to protect their employees. But don’t expect your staff to be able to give 100%.
In this new “everybody-works-remotely” world it is easy to lose the connection to your colleagues you’ve seen every day in the office. Keeping these connections alive is more important than ever.