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The All-Star Scrum Team at JAX London

Jessica Thornsby

Getting a real “team” is a massive competitive advantage, one that Scrum gives us the opportunity to harness, so why is it so hard?

  • Geoff Watts

    Geoff Watts was the first Certified Scrum Trainer and the first Certified Scrum Coach in the UK and has been helping companies transition to Scrum for the last 8 years. Having started his journey at British Telecom, he has seen many attempts at transitioning from waterfall to agile as his experience ranges from telecoms to pharmaceuticals; from publishing to solicitors; and from investment banking to education allowing him to identify common patterns of both success and failure.

How is a Scrum team like a sport’s team? In today’s interview, we speak to Geoff Watts, the UK’s first Certified Scrum Trainer and first Certified Scrum Coach, on ‘The All-Star Scrum Team’ session he will present at JAX London.

JAXenter: You will run ‘The All-Star Scrum Team’ session at Jax London. What can attendees expect from this session?

Geoff Watts: The aim of the session is to share our experiences about the kind of characteristics that tend to make up an excellent Scrum team. Paul and I will compare some of the most successful current and past sporting teams to try and explain where organisations, ScrumMasters and the teams themselves should be looking when trying to build high-performance Scrum teams. Getting a real “team” is a massive competitive advantage, one that Scrum gives us the opportunity to harness, so why is it so hard?

JAXenter: You session will examine the characteristics of successful sports teams. What similarities do you see, between the worlds of software and sports teams?

Geoff: Sports teams and software teams are both operating in an environment of high pressure and high complexity. Members of software and sports teams both have a desire to become better, both as individuals and as a team but this seems to be quite difficult for many. In both areas, there are many average teams but only a few really excellent teams. Why?

JAXenter: Who should attend ‘The All-Star Scrum Team’?

Geoff: I would suggest this would be of interest to anyone who is part of a Scrum team and is wondering why things aren’t really going as well as they feel they could or should be. It should be also of interest to ScrumMasters who are wondering what might be missing and how they could take their team to the next level.

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