When it comes to running in scrum project management, things tend to move at quite a fast, steady pace to get that rewarding feeling of releasing, iterating, and learning. Due to the popularity of agile in modern-day startups and the migration of legacy projects from waterfall to agile, teams often face the challenge of adapting agile to their work strategy. One of those challenges is finding a happy medium where change is created through the mutual understanding of team members and their management.
Achieving change requires a well-defined process to remove the awkwardness and defensiveness that such a process incurs on the team. One of the upsides of running with scrum is the ability to conduct regular retrospective sessions. In those, team members get to have the safety to share their opinions and feelings on the good, the bad, and the ugly things that happen in every sprint.
Despite the popularity of the agile retrospective meetings, there is often confusion on the best way to approach those meetings in a strive to keep objectivity as the overarching rule of conduct. To get there, we need a refined and well-thought-out approach to soliciting that objective feedback that can push the team to do better and drop unnecessary/unneeded practices.
So how do we achieve such objectivity?
For those sessions to make the pivot from subjectivity and opinions to objectivity, we need to focus on instilling the right team mentality going into those sessions. One of the strategies to go about is to consider an action-based approach. So instead of going in with a complaining mindset without having potential solutions to those complaints, shift the team’s mentality towards “thinking about current problems and coming in with one or few potential solutions.”
With that, not only you’re guaranteeing an action-based approach, but also allowing and giving your team more autonomy in participating in the necessary changes. That feeling brings joy to your team as their impact would be showing each sprint in how the process shifts and shapes itself.
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