Optimizing To Prevent Failure

People frequently refer back to “the good ole’ days”, a time when things were simpler, or at least easier to navigate. On a scrum team, that could be a month ago. Changes for the sake of making changes sometimes come with a great opportunity cost. If we see management or team members making statements like the ones below, there’s ample reason for the Scrum Master to dive in and figure out what’s breaking down. Did management recently change seating around? Did team members get pulled and placed on other teams? At the end of the day, finding why something isn’t working can become a great opportunity. Knowledge is expensive, and time-consuming to attain. Scrum Masters should always be on the lookout for ways to help their teams gain the most knowledge with the least amount of investment.