In the last week I have been hit hard by the reminder of how powerful value is. There are two instances I want to highlight.One is related to people and the other related to stories.
VALUE YOUR PEOPLE
It’s important as a Scrum Master, a people manager or a leader to show the people you work with and for that you value them as a person and for the work they do. When a person feels valued, they are motivated. And, I know, everyone is motivated by different things. For some, it’s money. For others, it’s recognition. There are many things a person may be motivated by but, all people need to feel valued. If they don’t, they disengage and that isn’t good for anyone.
You need to find out what is unique in the people you are surrounded by. It doesn’t matter if you manage them, lead them or work for them. Identifying what makes an individual special is powerful…for them. You can find ways to build on it, leverage it, showcase it and help the person shine. When you make someone feel valued, they will return it with awesome performance and, even better, loyalty. If you’re not investing thought like this into your people, please, take some time to do so. Have a conversation. Find out what they’re passionate about. Discover what they’re good at doing. Learn about what they want to learn about. Invest in and value people and the dividends are endless.
People want to be valued and they want to work on things that are valuable. In a SAFe release planning event this week teams had identified the features they were delivering and broken them down into stories. In SAFe, teams then specify their release objectives. It’s a layman summary of multiple stories which, Product Management then values on a scale of 1-10. Keep in mind teams are working in priority order so, the initial thought is their focus is on the right features. When you break a feature into stories and specify exactly what the objectives are for the release, what happens is amazing. A conversation with a group of Product Managers and the team takes place and, often, a high priority feature has objectives associated with it whose value is mixed. We’re all about delivering value right? Here’s an example over-simplified:
EPIC – Build house
Feature – Build Front Entrance (priority = 1)
Feature – Build a Deck (priority -2)
– Complete deck to hold more than 6000 lbs. – 9
– Complete steps to front porch – 10
– Complete front porch covering – 4
– Paint front door – 1
– Complete rails around deck – 8
– Build grill bump out – 2
When you look at it, there’s more VALUE in completing items associated with the lower priority feature. Good to know for a team. Very enlightening to Product Management. Awesome conversations and understanding generated between delivery and the business. All is all, just goodness.
In summary, there’s power in focusing on value – for the people and the work. See what you can do tomorrow for people. Make someone’s day.