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Herding Pigs: Managing Self-Organizing Teams

Mike Vincent

Architect, ALM Coach

MVA Software

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Used with permission, Michael Vizdos, www.ImplementingScrum.com

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So, What’s the point?

  • Tactics for managing self organizing teams

  • Key principles for managing people to maximize productivity

  • Leverage the best engineering practices and tools for both team and management effectiveness

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Teams of Motivated People that get the job done

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Why Self-organizing Teams?

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Make the context of self-organization well known


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KITA -Management by Motivation orManagement byMovement?

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Herzberg’s Motivation-Hygiene Theory

Two scales to be managed

  • Motivation - work content

  • Hygiene - work context

No Satisfaction Satisfaction

Dissatisfaction No Dissatisfaction

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Work context factors lead to job dissatisfaction when inadequate

- When improved they lead to no job dissatisfaction

No Satisfaction Satisfaction

Dissatisfaction No Dissatisfaction

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Management of inadequatethe Work Context (Hygiene)

  • Proper Management

    • Identify type of hygiene

    • Give hygiene for hygiene purposes

    • Give hygiene for what hurts

    • Keep hygiene administration simple

    • Give it and shut up about it

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Motivation inadequate

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Motivator factors lead to job satisfaction when present inadequate

- When absent there is no job satisfaction

No Satisfaction Satisfaction

Dissatisfaction No Dissatisfaction

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Motivators inadequate

  • Job satisfaction factors

    • Achievement

    • Recognition

    • Work itself

    • Responsibility

    • Advancement

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Management of Motivators inadequate

  • Is hygiene getting in the way?

  • Technical competence OK?

  • Are we using people’s capabilities?

  • All attitudes are proper attitudes

  • Which behavior is being reinforced and how?

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Ability OpportunityMotivation = f(---------------; -------------------; What is Reinforced) Potential Ability

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Leverage Best Engineering Processes and Tools Opportunity

Visual Studio 2010 ALM

  • Work items track progress

  • Managing quality

  • Reports and Dashboards

    • Team benefits

    • Management benefits

    • The good, bad, and ugly

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  • Code Reviews Opportunity

  • Unit Testing

    • Code Coverage

    • Test Driven Development

  • Code Analysis

  • Code Metrics

  • Application Profiling

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Scrum Smells Opportunity

  • Loss of Rhythm

  • Talking Chickens

  • Missing Pigs

  • Failing Backlog Management

  • Persistent Signatures

  • ScrumMaster Assigns Work

  • The Daily Scrum is For the ScrumMaster

  • Specialized Job Roles

  • Testers will not integrate with Team

  • Reluctance to estimate Backlog Items

  • Is It Really Done?

  • Nothing Ever Changes Around Here

  • No One Wants to Attend Retrospectives

  • Executive Pressure

  • Missing Sprint Commitment

  • Not Acting Like a Team

  • No Engineering Practices

  • Gorilla in the Room

  • Technical Debt

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Sprint Retrospective Opportunity

  • Look back

    • What did we do well?

    • What didn’t we do well?

  • Look forward

    • Generate actions for the next sprint

    • Tasks for next backlog

    • Add to a wall chart in team area

  • Metrics

    • Look at key reports

  • Whole team participates

  • Can get emotional

    • Exercise-driven

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Takeaways Opportunity

  • Self-organizing teams need some leadership to stay focused on the proper objectives

    • Effective coaching facilitates the team coming together with self-organization

    • Boundaries focus the context of self-organization

    • Use subtle control and influence

    • Empower the team

    • Value individuals and interactions

    • Respect people

    • Focus team on deadlines

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Takeaways Opportunity

  • Self-organizing teams need some leadership to stay focused on the proper objectives

  • Motivation comes from the work itself and can be continually re-energizing. That’s what self-organizing teams are all about.

  • A productive, healthy work context is essential to keeping your teams working at full potential.

Leverage the best engineering practices and tools for both team and management effectiveness

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Questions Opportunity


Mike Vincent

MVA Software



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Resources for More Information Opportunity

  • One More Time: How Do You Motivate Employees?, Fredrick Herzberg Harvard Business Review, January-February 1968.

  • The Managerial Choice – To be efficient and to be human Fredrick Herzberg, Dow Jones-Irwin 1976

  • Work and the Nature of Man Fredrick Herzberg, New American Library, Mentor, 1973

  • The Enterprise and Scrum Ken Schwaber, Microsoft Press, 2007

  • http://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/articles/11-toward-a-catalog-of-scrum-smells, Mike Cohn

  • http://agilepainrelief.com/notesfromatooluser/2008/06/agilescrum-smells.html, Mark Levison

  • http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd997578(v=VS.100).aspx, Jeff Sutherland

  • Developmental sequence in small groups, Bruce W. TuckmanPsychological Bulletin, Volume 63, Number 6 1965

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    • BOF02-DV | What's Really Happening with Agile Teams in the Wild?

  • Product Demo Stations

    • TLC-12 | Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010

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  • Microsoft Certification & Training Resources



  • Resources for IT Professionals

  • Resources for Developers

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