When was the last time you could select all the members on your team? Chances are as a Project Manager or ScrumMaster, our teams are already up and running or “resources” have been allocated by the organization.

What happens when performance doesn’t quite meet expectations? This is where advocacy come in. As a ScrumMaster, I am responsible for believing in the team and for reframing the situation towards success.

When working in IT departments or companies with several teams, it is tempting to start comparing one to another. This is the “A Team”, that one is non-performing. Each team has their unique characteristics, each members DNA makes it distinct from any other. The goal should be to find a way for each to excel at making progress and delivering value to our customers.

Last summer, a favourite career site The Daily Muse has an article on advocating for your self. I found it also applies to our team, with steps on designing a conversation for positive change. They are:

  1. Outline the current situation
  2. What is working well
  3. What needs to change
  4. Propose resolutions for success

MiddleOnce presented in a succinct manner, be open to feedback and negotiating towards the middle. Management is there to help us remove obstacles beyond the scope of the team, and provide additional insight for greater context.

The middle is anywhere between point A and point B. It may not be 50-50. Every day, persons in the negotiations are shifting, circumstances change, new information becomes available.

Change may be dramatic or it may be executed in small incremental steps. May we all be present to embrace it as we can.