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I’m betting that when you clicked on the link to this article you were wondering:

How is it possible to follow such a train of thought???

How? I’m making the link between the transparency value that the Scrum team lives by and how this transparency is seen by the organization.

Need some reminder about Scrum? Here is my training in French, set on the moment where I talk about the pillars of Scrum, the first pillar being Transparency.

Thus, by practicing Scrum’s transparency, the team is exposing itself. Nothing’s left to hide. The team’s progress, what’s left to do, how the team works, is everything going well… Truly everything!

The question I’m asking is the following one:

How this full exposure of the team seen by the organization?

I bet you’ve got where I was leading you…

Let’s have a look at the two possible cases.

Case 1: the team’s behavior is seen as exhibitionism

Would it be the case that the organization sees the team’s behavior as some perverted way of working, against nature, which cannot be understood and is morally questionable?

(though actually it’s quite nice to check out the team, it looks very fun to play with post-it and to do workshop in which everybody is enjoying himself)

The team working in full transparency is seen as exhibitionism by an organization with a different culture.

Case 2: the team is practicing naturism, like the rest of the organization

Would it be that the organization is not only understanding this way of working, but is also supporting and cheering on it? And, in the end, doing the same: the whole organization is exposing itself, too. Everybody shows up as who they actually are.

An organization practicing naturism: every team, every people, at every level, applying a policy of full transparency and hiding nothing.

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