Introverts and the Daily Scrum

Scrum is a framework optimized on greatness for teams, mostly software teams. Other complex, engineered product teams can also do well with Scrum. Most engineering teams are populated with introverted people. You can quickly identify the introverts: they say little or nothing when attending meetings.

These types of engineering-oriented teams are typically populated with left-brained, problem-solving introverts who get paid for right answers. I think Scrum actually adjusts for this via the second Scrum ceremony: The Daily Scrum.

Introverts find extended socializing to be sub-optimal for their personality type. Introverts do not like extended ‘blending’ and prefer away-time. Meanwhile, software and other complex products simply refuse to ship until and unless the people making the products get the teamwork figured out.

So, on the one hand, great engineers are often quite introverted. On the other hand, we all need to be working together and communicating effectively. Scrum handles this with the Daily Scrum meeting.

Notice:

1. The Daily Scrum is 15 minutes long. Yes, this encourages smaller team size. I also think is is kept short so even introverts can be comfortable with it.

2. The Daily Scrum encourages (introverted) team members to disclose essential info about the work. Introverts (and most other types) do NOT do this automatically.

3. The Daily Scrum repeats, is predictable, and not random or ad-hoc. This makes it easier for introverts to agree to participate in it.

The Daily Scrum makes it easy for introverts to show up, and tell the truth about the work…in 15 minutes or less. Brilliant!

A great article on the dynamics of creativity, collaboration overload and introverts is available below  from the NYT if you might like to do a deep dive on introverts and the Scrum connection. I believe Scrum is optimized for easy participation by left-brained, problem solving introverts.

This post is over. Way too much blending; I need my away-time. Nothing personal you understand. Talk to you later.

See:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/opinion/sunday/the-rise-of-the-new-groupthink.html?_r=2&ref=opinion&pagewanted=all