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by Jen Miller
This session introduces the concept of a Growth Mindset and its synergies to Scrum and Agile, through the sharing of examples I have experienced. Attendees will learn what the qualities of a Growth versus Fixed Mindset are and how to recognise them in ourselves, our teams, and organisations. Tips and techniques on how to introduce and promote a growth mindset and how it helps build smarter scrum and agile teams will also be shared, so attendees have practical tools to take away with them.
The concept of a Growth Mindset gained real visibility with Carol Dweck’s research and 2007 book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Her research looked at how children learned and faced challenges and problems thought to be beyond their age. Children who were excited to try something new, and learn while doing it, demonstrated what Carol Dweck called the ‘Growth Mindset’. The principles of Scrum align with this concept as they are founded on the empirical practices of try, inspect, and adapt. Seeking to continue learning and improving are characteristic of Scrum and the Growth Mindset. Being aware of, and practicing, the qualities of a growth mindset will make scrum teams and organisations stronger, more resilient, and adaptive in times of challenge and change.