What Agile Teams Can Learn From 1st Graders

When I saw this hanging in my daughter's classroom I knew it needed to be shared with Scrum Masters and other agile team members. So much what makes agile teams successful is dependent on their collaboration - establishing a shared understanding of priorities, solving problems, developing solutions, resolving blocks, and improving practices. A big part of this collaboration occurs in both formal and informal meetings, and good teams establish a culture, protocol and practice to insure these meetings are productive.

The 1st grade rules are a great start and offer some suggestions. Rules like "I will be nice" and "I will use good manners" are worth calling out because teams sometimes forget the basics when deadlines and other pressures mount.  Many of the other rules can be adapted to professional environments -

  • I will listen when someone is talking - Very important to remind people to truly listen to what is being asked and to stay on topic
  • I will raise my hand to talk - I will listen first and won't cut off my colleague.
  • I will always try my best - to stay focused on the agenda and make valuable contributions 
  • I will keep my desk clean - by shutting off phones, tablets, and laptops during the meeting
  • I will practice reading every night - and make sure I come prepared for the meeting
  • I will help my friend or teacher - by following meeting protocols and practices to insure that the agenda is addressed.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks. Awesome article. Sometimes, we just have to get out of our own way


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About Isaac Sacolick

Isaac Sacolick is President of StarCIO, a technology leadership company that guides organizations on building digital transformation core competencies. He is the author of Digital Trailblazer and the Amazon bestseller Driving Digital and speaks about agile planning, devops, data science, product management, and other digital transformation best practices. Sacolick is a recognized top social CIO, a digital transformation influencer, and has over 900 articles published at InfoWorld, CIO.com, his blog Social, Agile, and Transformation, and other sites. You can find him sharing new insights @NYIke on Twitter, his Driving Digital Standup YouTube channel, or during the Coffee with Digital Trailblazers.