People often ask me how we can describe a high-performance Scrum team. Indeed there is no unique definition for it. So I have decided to share a typical high-performance Scrum team characteristics.
A high-performance Scrum team has the following characteristics:
- Team members have learned to deliver value to customers continuously.
- They live with high-level transparency.
- Team members muscle memories have formed greatly to perform based on inspection and adaptation.
- Team members do not compromise with any problems and issues.
- They offer help to their colleagues continuously because each team member supposes that he or she is the extreme owner of each task.
- They always try to improve development and delivery speed and quality simultaneously.
- Not only every team member improves themselves continuously but they help their colleagues to get improved.
- The team lives deeply with Scrum Values.
- Instead of living by the rules, they make the rules.
- The team can release the Increment with just one press of a button through an automated continuous delivery pipeline.
- Team members trust each other blindly and respect is in the DNA of each team member.
- Mistakes are mandatory and when they are made, they are celebrated.
- They help their customers become more successful.
- They adhere completely to Definition of Done in all features.
- Almost every Sprint, the team reaches the Sprint Goal and sometimes they exceed expectations.
- They use feedbacks effectively as a reliable source of learning.
- Team has strong courage to make decisions and act. Also, they have the courage to change their decisions if they understand that their previous decisions were wrong.
- Team members are highly knowledgeable, autonomous and self-organized and use the continuous improvement in all aspects of their processes and environment.
I have used Mr. Ron Eringa and Mr. Gunther Verheyen blog posts as following to create this article. Special thanks to them.