Welcome to my world of March Madness. I’m happily up to my eyebrows in brackets and game times. Go Lady Huskies!
Do I really think a winning basketball team is like a Scrum Team?
Sure do. Here’s why…
Head Coach is the Scrum Master. They remove obstacles, shield teams from outside interference, call several Sprint Reviews during the game, keep the team on a sustainable pace and most certainly conduct a Retrospective at the end of the Sprint. The team respects the Head Coach.
Basketball teams are organized into a Scrum Team of five on the court, maybe a dozen more in total. Who plays is determined by changes in the game strategy. On court, the cross-functional team manages their workload but works together. Each member provides an assist whenever necessary and performs against a clear set of goals – to not foul out and to win!
Self-organization and JIT planning is what makes any good basketball team GREAT. The team sees the opponent’s game plan and performs many adopt cycles within the Sprints. They manage their own workload but not without giving the ball away to another team member better able to make the shot.
The very best teams are masters of collaboration on and off the court. Coaches, starters, bench, trainers all know what they need to do and do it. But the real masters of collaboration are the Scrum Team during their Sprint. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.
In sports it is total competition. Someone goes home the winner, the other is the goat. It doesn’t have to be this way in your company.
Cheers and happy trails,