Where should I sit?
This post is from Agile Advice - Working With Agile Methods (Scrum, OpenAgile, Lean) by Mike Caspar. Click here to see the original post in full.
Inevitably, there will be some change to your team. Someone will leave or perhaps you will have new members joining you.
Either way, you will be asked the question “Where should I sit?”.
Do not take this question lightly. You have the opportunity to make significant changes with the addition or departure of a team member.
There are many different types of personalities in a team. Because of this, you cannot realistically expect the same personal interactions between people sitting next to each other.
More importantly though, it is your responsibility as a Scrum Master, Mentor or Coach to consider the positive adjustments which can be made during this great opportunity for change.
A simple example to get you thinking about this could be….
- You have a developer sitting at an end station with a slightly restricted view from the rest of the team.
- This team member does not ask for help when he or she needs it.
- You will be adding a developer to your team.
Trying to talk to the developer who does not ask for assistance, may help. However, why not consider using this opportunity to solve this problem in a different way.
If the developer is moved to a more central location, they will not be as separated from the group. Perhaps this would give them more opportunity to ask...read more
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