R.A.T. – Remembering Agile Teams

One of our students in our Scrum classes sketched out a new way to remember agile teams: R.A.T. Take one handsome rat, combine him with great Scrum techniques and you’ve got a stunning, perceptive diagram.

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I don’t like my teammates…

You don’t have to like your teammates. You don’t have to go to happy hour with your teammates or the office birthday parties with them. BUT this is what you do need.

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The Scrum Wheel and the Learning Wheel United

Scrum teams spin the wheel daily.  Every product, story, and task begs for the Scrum wheel to be in motion.  Another wheel is spinning every time the Scrum team gathers.  Whether it be for a daily stand-up, a product demo or a sprint retrospective, the learning wheel is also present. Learning wheels churn through ideas and…

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Learning can be Agile

Learning strengths and weaknesses are hard-wired, but, through awareness, we can grow our abilities as a team to chew through the learning curve.

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Teams: Meet Shannon.

“That’s great, but what if we try…?”  Is that your teammate’s favorite sentence?  I could guess that ‘risk taker’,’ people lover’, and ‘enthusiastic’ also describe Shannon.  Without a doubt, Shannon is the biggest cheerleader on your team, but some team members may see her having a lack of focus…jumping from one project to another without…

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Teams: Meet Keith.

I once chaired a small leadership team, just four people.  Keith, my operations lead, was highly tuned into telling us how our ideas could or could not be implemented.  Keith had a million ways to process, but he appeared to have a  lack of caring about the people we were serving.  Keith was bottom-line results…

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