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Why it’s up to you to facilitate your colleagues’ dealing with change

Having previously been exposed to practices of agility through your work, on the pandemic-induced level playing field of distributed collaboration, you have a key advantage: as a PO, developer, analyst, tester, you already know that change is a given, and you’ve got the tools to iteratively deal with it. Help others do so, too.

Stepping up to the plate

Even if you’re the biggest anti-agilist on your team, or if you think that all meetings are a waste of time — as long as you’ve had any experience with regular inspection and adaptation: this is it. You’re up.

Facilitating Intentional Agility

I’ve said, and heard others say, that the COVID-19 situation can be a catalyst for agility. That’s fine, if being agile is your goal. For our purposes here, it isn’t, or not exclusively, so forget about the distraction-ridden rabbit hole of agility as a purpose.

Explicit statements will help you inspect

Help yourselves by turning implicit expectations into explicit statements. That way, you have something to concrete to test and hold on to — later, you can assess the impact of your actions to iterate upon your work and the way you’ve done it together.

TL;DR — Change, for good

Being explicit, setting expectations, iterating on all aspects of our work — these are things we can do, all by ourselves, all together. It’s rare for our individual actions have this direct an effect on our collective results. It’s like washing your hands and keeping your distance to stay alive together, only for having meaningful collaboration in the workplace.

Facilitator & Scrum Master