In today’s industry, many companies focus on individual responsibilities, letting each department, team, or employee focus on their designated tasks without cooperation or collaboration with the larger team. When implementing Scrum Management into your workplace, the emphasis on teamwork can be the largest hurdle to overcome.
Why is Teamwork so Hard?
After years or decades of working in the industry following a certain method of workload management and production, change can be difficult. Like it or not, some people see the introduction of the Scrum Team as an intrusion on their duties. Some may see it as a personal attack, as though their company is telling them that their work is no longer valued or that they need the supervision of a team. Though this is generally not the case when a company implements Scrum Methodology, it is common for workers to interpret the methodology as an attack on their work ethic and the quality of their past projects.
Our society thrives on individual strengths being used to contribute to the overall whole. Ultimately, this is what Scrum strives to achieve, but at the outset, many workers may be resistant to the change as the idea of sacrificing their independent workflow to the needs of a team goal may be unappealing or seem like a waste of time.
Does Scrum Help?
The entire system of Scrum Management relies on teamwork and team performance. Each person is encouraged to communicate and assist the rest of their team to complete the Sprint. Since each Sprint focuses on producing a finished, ready-for-release product, it implements members from different backgrounds with different skills and experience. The teams themselves are designed to play to each team member’s strengths and weaknesses. Where one person struggles, another can help.
Each team member is expected to communicate with the rest of the team in order to effectively meet their deadlines. This holds each team member accountable to the rest of the team and encourages collaboration, even on the simplest level. Scrum Management gives the framework to implement a successful team and reach the desired result while shifting the focus from individual work performance to a team-based effort.
Teamwork Increases Productivity
Once your team adjusts to collaborating and holding each other accountable for work performed, they’ll start to notice that work gets done faster and with fewer problems along the way. This is because any problems that occur during product development can be solved immediately by another member on the team. Rather than submitting a help request to a different department and waiting for the department to find the time to fix the issue, the team can problem-solve on the fly, reducing the turnaround time to an absolute minimum.
Teamwork Improves Communication
While dedicated departments often see a lack of communication between other departments, Teams are comprised of individuals with different backgrounds from different departments. This means that designers and developers can communicate with each other at every step of the project’s development without having to actively seek each other out.
Utilizing Scrum in your business can help transform the way your team develops products, increasing productivity and reducing the amount of downtime during the development process. If you’re interested in learning more about Scrum, or want to become a Certified ScrumMaster, register for our next course today!