Three Types of Teams That Don't Scrum


productivityPeople might not like the idea of Scrum for many reasons. Three types of teams that don’t Scrum though they might have heard of it are:

1. Teams that are productive
2. Teams that think they are productive
3. Teams that don't want to be productive.

So before shifting to Scrum, think about your reasons behind migrating and if it is a good idea to start with. If you go through with it, consider how teams will react to the change and formulate a transition plan accordingly.

Teams That Are Productive

Not for me! Not for me!

- From the movie "Pitch Black"

Scrum is not right for everyone, though you might think so considering the last years’ massive move towards agile methodologies. You can have great success with other techniques as well.

Perhaps the environment is plain and predictable. Maybe the team is more agile than they think. Organizations claiming to be agile are sometimes less so than companies never having heard of Lean, Scrum and XP.

In short, the success of projects is more about common sense and less about the methodologies and principles applied.

Teams That Think They Are Productive

What we've got here is... failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it... well, he gets it. I don't like it any more than you men.

- From the movie "Cool Hand Luke"

People might think they are productive: most likely because they have never been in really productive environments.

Sometimes you have a nagging feeling that you aren't doing things right, but you can’t put your finger on what it is. Other times you see more clearly what needs to be done but don't know how to bring about the change.

However, it's not certain people realize things could be different. They live in a bubble with no knowledge or desire to change or embrace new thoughts and good advice.

Teams That Don't Want to be Productive

Bob Porter: Looks like you've been missing a lot of work lately.
Peter Gibbons: I wouldn't say I've been missing it, Bob.

- From the movie "Office Space"

Sometimes you run across people with no desire to be productive, and there can be many reasons behind this.

You have to feel important to your employer to be motivated: the work you do needs to be meaningful; at least to someone. If this isn’t the case, people eventually alienate themselves from the work, becoming less and less productive.

Some people never care much for work at all. Work is what you endure to get money for things that really matter. What they don’t seem to realize is that work is much more fun if you engage yourself and try to improve and contribute. It is also more respectful to your colleagues.

Some people are not productive from the team’s point of view; they work according to an own agenda. In their minds what they do is more important than what the team does.

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