First time not a charm (continuation)

Leonor Urena

In my last post I wrote about our most challenging part of transitioning to Scrum: Our Executive.

The second challenge was really all the noise around the layoff's.

Despite the fact the teams were trying hard at completing their work it became increasingly more difficult for all of us to concentrate.  I remember one day coming in and everyone was told to report to another floor. We were all corralled like sheep as one of the executives said certain names will be called and these people would need to move to another section of the room.  It was so surreal and straight out of a reality show. The survivors of this were to report back to their desk and wait to be called, as if anyone was going to be able to think of anything else.  Really??  At four in the afternoon everyone remaining was to report back upstairs. Again corralled to be told we were safe.  Hmmm...  they had also told us only a month earlier how great the company had done. How safe could anyone feel? The following day or a few days later I was speaking to the director of our department and asked "wasn't there a better way of doing this?"  

Why not be honest with people? I don't recall the reply but I am positive there had to be a better way.  What I would consider a more respectful way!  This leads me to one of Agile's values that is necessary for any team to work well and deliver.  TRUST!! After that fiasco all trust went out the window.  It is important for teams, business lines, technology to have trust in order to work as a cohesive unit otherwise everything falls apart.  I know hindsight is twenty twenty, but being upfront with people would have preserved trust in the organization and eliminated some of the noise.

Now it is your turn. Share your experience and let us know how you would have done it different.  Let's help others through this.  Even it you had a great first experience don't be shy.

“It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.” John Ciardi

About our guest writer

Sustainable Games
I am an Agile coach with a passion to help teams to collaborate, strategize, cooperate and to deliver solutions that are in direct support of strategic initiatives. An agile transition is all about people and interactions and that is my concentration. I apply gamification, and proven techniques to motivate teams. Through these techniques I support teams to drive specific behaviors that contribute towards more effective, productive and harmonious working relationships regardless of the methodology or framework used.

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