A few days ago, on January 8, a man passed away who may be considered one of the patron saints of Scrum, even though he had never heard of Scrum and few in the Scrum community know his name.
- A Real Team
- Compelling Direction
- Enabling Structure
- Supportive Context
- Expert Coaching
Great direction fully engages team members' talents. It is not just that members work harder when what they are doing is important. It is more than that - it is that they pursue collective purposes using every scrap of knowledge, skill, and experience that the team can scoop up. (71)
[...] Gersick found that each of the groups she tracked developed a distinctive approach toward its task as soon as it commenced work, and stayed with that approach until almost exactly halfway between its first meeting and its project deadline. At the midpoint of their lives, all teams underwent a major transition. In a concentrated burst of changes, they dropped old patterns of behavior, reengaged with outside supervisors, and adopted new perspectives on their work. Following the midpoint transition, groups entered a period of focused task execution, which persisted until very near the project deadline, at which time a new set of issues having to do with termination processes arose and captured members' attention. (177-179)