Self-organized Teams in Scrum

December 10, 2013

It is the people who develop great products or service and not the Scrum or any other production technique. Scrum requires the teams to be motivated, empowered and self-organized. Self-motivated employees accept the responsibility and do not wait for the superiors or managers to delegate or and assign the tasks. Hence they deliver greater value when the teams are self-organized.

Scrum teams prefer “Servant leadership” style of management style where in the leader or the Scrum Master facilitates the work and removes the impediments rather than dominating and closely observing and controlling the Scrum Team functionality.

The chief goals of self-organized Scrum teams are as follows:

Following are the goals of self-organized teams discussed in the SBOK.

   Understand the Project Vision and why the project delivers value to the organization. This emphasizes the need to superior organized goals than individual goals.

   Estimate User Stories during the Approve, Estimate, and Commit User Stories process and assign
tasks to themselves during the Create Sprint Backlog process. This helps them in timely delivery of the projects with minimum errors if not completely error free and in turns the satisfied customers.

   Create tasks independently during the Create Tasks process. Team members take the responsibility of dividing the entire project into tasks which are later moved into sprints.

   Apply and leverage their expertise from being a cross-functional team to work on the tasks during the Create Deliverables process. The team has members from different areas of expertise and hence bring the blend of skills required to develop the deliverables.

   Deliver tangible results which are accepted by the customer and other stakeholders during the Demonstrate and Validate Sprint process.

   Resolve individual problems together by addressing them during Daily Standup Meetings. These meetings help the scrum master to identify the difficulty faced by the team members.

   Clarify any discrepancies or doubts and be open to learning new things. They share their experiences and are socializing quickly and hence communication is established quickly within the team members.

   Upgrade the knowledge and skills on a continuous basis through regular interactions within the team.

   Maintain stability of team members throughout the duration of the project by not changing members, unless unavoidable.


One Response to Self-organized Teams in Scrum

  1. Patti Schaefer
    December 11, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    Great insights.

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