Scrum Masters as ” a little bit of oil” to ease friction in the scrum team

Scrum Masters as ” a little bit of oil” to ease friction in the scrum team

Sometime back i read a short SciFi story in a book named People Tools, Story was about a spaceship conducting man’s third ten year expedition to the nearest star. The first two voyages didn’t succeed when the four member crew neared earth. Scientists were puzzled as there were no technical issues with the spacecraft and still mysteriously it crashed.

Third voyage was different, one of the crew member was enigma, he used to prepare food, entertain the pilot co-pilot and other crew members with humor and always kept the atmosphere lighter with his presence, often seen as a misfit by other crew members specially when he used to dress like a clown. On this third voyage when the spaceship reentered solar system the human friction which had been building for ten years heated to homicidal proportions. The misfit who turned out to be a psychologist reduced the friction by using humor and encouragement. Ultimately it became clear that the crew members of the first two expeditions after ten years of  close confinement caused the spacecraft to crash due to friction between them.

This story gave me a inspiration to write this blog and a metaphor to apply in Agile and Scrum context Scrum Master as “a little bit of oil” to ease friction in the scrum team.  Continue reading “Scrum Masters as ” a little bit of oil” to ease friction in the scrum team”

Nonversation & Improvement Dialogues: A practical tip to master listening skills

Listening

“He knew the precise psychological moment when to say nothing”

-Oscar Wilde, The picture of Dorian Gray

Recently i finished reading a book “People Tools” authored by Alan C. Fox. In this captivating book author shares 54 strategies you can use to create more joy, embrace prosperity and deepen relationships with people at work. These tools are easy to use and yield immediate results. Inspired by one of his tool “Have a Nonversation” i am sharing some tips to practice active listening skills. Continue reading “Nonversation & Improvement Dialogues: A practical tip to master listening skills”