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Why scrum works - A NeuroScience Perspective @ Scrum Gathering India 2013


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Have you ever thought why scrum works? That too from NeuroScience perspective? …

Have you ever thought why scrum works? That too from NeuroScience perspective?
We all acknowledge and understand that we have moved beyond and past machine age or service era and are living in what is called “Knowledge Era”. Focus of current times is shifting from behaviours to values. From people to brain. Yet, we know very little about people or brain or its working.
Through this talk, I will attempt to link hard neuroscience to scrum and its practices to see why it works or does not work. Also we would look at practices required beyond scrum to create an environment where scrum can flourish. Or even exists!

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  • 1. Why  Scrum   Works? A NeuroScience Perspective By Tushar Somaiya
  • 2. ©  All  Rights  Reserved Tushar   is   founder,   director   of   ShuHaRiAgile,   a   premium   agile   training  /  coaching  partner  and  coachingdojo,  a  unique  community   for   agile   leaders,   executive   coaches,   agile   coaches   and   agile   practitioners  to  share,  learn  &  network.   Tushar   Somaiya   is   a   passionate   certified   professional   coach   who   helps  executives  &  teams  discover  and  unleash  their  true  potential.   He  believes  in  a  democratic  organization  &  self-­‐‑organizing  teams.   He  calls  himself  a  servant  leader.  Through  his  NueroScience  based   coaching   &   consulting,   he   has   helped   projects   and   organizations   turn  agile  and  become  truly  high  performing  teams. He   is   Results   Certified   Coach,   Certified   Transformational   Coach,   Certified   Scrum   Master,   Certified   Scrum   Professional,   Certified   System   Business   Analysts   &   one   of   the   first   500   PMI-­‐‑Agile   Certified  Professional. Tushar   has   13   years   of   IT   experience   and   over   6   years   of   agile   experience.   He   is   known   for   his   fun-­‐‑filled,   hands-­‐‑on   interactive   trainings   &   speeches   at   prestigious   conferences.   His   blogs   have   been  re-­‐‑published  on  ScrumAlliance,  AgileAtlas  &  PMHut.  He  is   an  active  volunteer  at  ScrumAlliance  &  PMI  Mumbai  Chapter. Placeholder  for   CST
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  • 5. Is  It  Brain  Or  Is  It   Environment  /  Culture?
  • 6. It  Is  Environment  &  Culture   For  Those  Brains
  • 7. Knowledge  Era 0WBrnjZjeUM/s1600/IndustryWorkToKnowledgeWork.png
  • 8. Beyond  Carrot  And  Stick DAN  PINK  –  Surprising  Truth  Of  What  Motivates  Us? hVp://
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  • 10. Credits  David  Rock
  • 11. Where  you  are  in  the  social  order  of  the   communities  you  are  involved  in.
  • 12. Certainty There will always be a “lie” in “belief” An “over” in “lover” An “end” in “friend” An “us” in “trust” And an “if” in “life”
  • 13. Credits:  Alan  McLean
  • 14. Relatedness  means  being  safely  connected  to  the  people   around  you.
  • 15. What  Does  All  Of  This   Have  To  Do  With  Agile  /   Scrum?
  • 16. Thanks  to  ThoughtWorks
  • 17. Have  A  Look  At  Agile   Principles 1.  Satisfy customer 2.  Business people and development team must work together 3.  Build projects around motivated individuals 4.  Face-to-face conversation is most effective 5.  Sponsors, developers and users should be able to maintain a sustainable pace 6.  Technical excellence 7.  Self-organizing teams 8.  Team reflects 8  out  of  12  agile  principles  are  related  to  people
  • 18. WHY  SCRUM  WORKS?
  • 19. Work  In  Group  Of  5 •  Ceremonies o  Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Review, Retrospection, Release Planning •  Artifacts o  Product backlog, Sprint backlog, Definition Of Done & Product Increment, Burndown Charts •  Roles o  Scrum Master, Product Owner, Team •  Scrum as whole •  Traditional Methodologies like waterfall
  • 20. BE  CRAFTFUL,  ALWAYS!! Or At least Carry Your Scarf, Always!
  • 21. SCARF  Beyond  Scrum  &   Agile?
  • 22. SCARF  In  Daily   Conversation?
  • 23. SCARF  &  COACHING ©  All  Rights  Reserved Credits:  Dr.  David  Rock
  • 24. SCARF  In  Leadership?
  • 25. Questions  Backlog ©  All  Rights  Reserved
  • 26. Thank  You @tusharsomaiya +91 – 9869209689,, QAAgility ©  All  Rights  Reserved