I was struck by the juxtaposition of two articles on the front cover of the Sept-Oct issue of Harvard Business Review. At the top of the cover is GE CEO Jeff Immelt’s article on leading transformation – by all accounts a daunting and messy business, often with mixed results. The feature article below it is about the “overcommitted organization.” It overwhelms the page.
When business models change, as they do in many industries, a lot must happen to reinvent the business. Without a clear, compelling and consistent strategic focus, leaders can overload the organization with unnecessary projects and burn out its “precious resources”— the key talent in the organization.
As a Scrum Master, are you having trouble keeping your team focused on the task-at-hand and cooperating with each other? Being a Scrum Master is no easy task; however, I have learned that having the right skills makes the job much easier. Throughout my experience, I have found that facilitating good communication among my team members has been the most important part of our success. The ability to listen to others while speaking honestly about any expectations can truly help build team cooperation.
It is essential to employ a proven methodology when making decision that impact a business - no matter the perceived importance of the decision or the size of the organization. General staff and management should be encouraged to make informed and well-thought-out decisions. Asking senior management for guidance every step along the way is inefficient and can restrict the autonomy of employees. Whether you are deciding which project is the highest priority, which vendor to choose, or which strategy to pursue, the ability to make a good decision with available information is vital.
If we’ve never met, you wouldn’t know it, and even some of those who I have met aren’t fully aware of the challenges I face. I have significantly impaired vision and am legally blind. My condition developed while I was in college and is still undiagnosed. When I entered freshman year my vision was normal, but by the middle of my sophomore year, I could no longer read normal print, drive a car, or see the faces of anyone outside a 6-foot radius. For me, giving up and feeling sad for myself was not an option- I adapted. My entire way of life and learning had to change, but who I was, at my core, remained the same. My books went from paperbacks to boxes of cassette tapes (yes, those still existed in the mid-2000’s), but I was still a curious, engaged, and active contributor to class.