This paper contains a do-it-yourself workshop to clarify the purpose of your Scrum Team and identify the principles, participants, structure, and practices to improve self-organization.
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How does this help your team?
Creating valuable products for stakeholders is highly complex and unpredictable work. Even in a single Sprint, your team will run into challenging impediments, emergencies, and important insights that need to be responded to quickly and creatively. When your team doesn't have the autonomy to make decisions, and when they lack shared goals, your team will likely crumble under the pressure. Or they will ignore the challenges and carry on.
We designed this string to help you clarify the shared purpose of your Scrum Team and identify the principles, participants, structure, and practices to encourage self-organization. We recommend that you revisit and update your team's Purpose-to-Practice periodically. This string is designed for two hours. If you don't have that time, you can break it up into two sessions (e.g. purpose and principles in one, and the rest in the other).
How does it work?
The PDF outlines a detailed tried-and-tested 120-minute workshop that relies on Liberating Structures to engage and unleash your team. The string is designed with virtual teams in mind and includes:
- Nine Whys
- Min Specs
- 25/10 Crowd Sourcing
- 15% Solutions
This string of Liberating Structures is feasible from 4 participants and onward. We've successfully scaled it up to 100 participants (both virtually and in-person) without significant issues.
What do you receive?
- A 13-page full-color guide (PDF).
- We take you through the flow of the string in great detail. Not only do we explain all the steps involved, but we also explain why they are happening. This should make it easier to design your own strings in the future.
- The instructions support all virtual collaboration tools where you can create breakouts or separate channels occasionally (such as Zoom, GotoWebinar, and Teams). You can set up an additional virtual whiteboard in a tool like Mural, Google Slides, or Miro if you prefer.
- The PDF outlines additional resources and useful reading, both to prepare and to distribute afterward.