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Happy Holidays to one and all!!

skill acquisitionNow with the title of this post, I shall answer the question by saying, when we have a problem we call an Expert. We shall explore this in terms of Scrum and it’s adoption. We will use as a backdrop our friend Dreyfus’ model to our left.

The objective here is to shed some light on the problematic that many organizations face when attempting to adopt Agility with people they are not confident can answer the call to properly and smoothly bring them to their goal. One thing is for certain, when starting a new adoption or affecting change for that matter, it is never as pretty as you wish it to be. One reason for any organization to have a dedicated Scrum Master is to ensure that these adoptions go as smoothly as possible. Remember that one of our main objective is to enable Teams and all who would be affected by change to understand why these are taking place by facilitating these new measures. Often times, organizations are not staffed with “Experts” on their Teams and enabling them to master their craft and become better at what is required to turn requirements into pieces of functional software is key to success.

The road to expertise is not a short one and takes effort, a Team effort to realize one’s goals. One of the biggest challenges faced by a team is this need to predict, eliminate all sources of uncertainty as much as possible and quickly. Translation, doing a lot of digging upfront. If we examine Dreyfus’ model, we will see that by acquiring skill we go through phases of pattern recognition and end with simply doing what is necessary, because we know it works. As I have said many times before, Responsability is key in Scrum and when one fails to adhere to it, issues naturally ensue. I like to coin a phrase from Lyssa Atkins in this case which I like to apply to Scrum in regards to responsability and it’s structure which is “Show the system to itself”. Scrum is setup in such a way that all who wish to try to wiggle out of it’s responsability or hide, we will be able to unearth in more ways than one. It is fundamental that all members of the Team feel a sense of responsability beyond the barrier of themselves as we progress and why being (means to be) an Expert is crucial in goal realization. Developing these skills is crucial to unlocking the power of the Team.

So, who are you gonna call?! A great Scrum Master..

Thanks, PS 🙂

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