Krzysztof, Consultant @ Sollers Consulting, shares his experience about crucial aspects of the Scrum methodology.
Was it hard to start working in Scrum methodology?
It was quite easy for me, as I could experience such a way of work before. Nevertheless, the greatest strength of Scrum is its naturalness. All elements of this methodology are very intuitive – at the beginning, we plan our work, then focus on its performance and at the end we present results and draw our conclusions for the future. Sounds familiar, right? Scrum only provides the specific names for such a natural, intuitive approach. Additionally, there is a saying that extremely fits to Scrum: “Easy to learn, hard to master”. The theory of Scrum is only the set of rules and ideas – “easy to learn”. It can be known by reading the Scrum Guide – a dozen pages, which are quite pleasant to read.. It’s enough to know how a Scrum team works. However, the real challenge is to use these rules in the real project – it’s “hard to master”. Each project differentiates, that’s why, only practice and experience gained at several or even a dozen of projects will allow for an in-depth understanding of the methodology and discovering the possibilities..
DoesScrum always work as it should?
Of course not! Scrum is dependent on people much more than other methodologies. If the team believes in its effectiveness andis eager to learn and act in accordance with its guidelines, it will work and bring results that we expect.. People’s attitude is crucial – if they are skeptical of Scrum, they will never take advantage of its full potential. You have to bear in mind that such faith and willingness to learn can appear after some time. Due to the fact that Scrum allows fora lot of freedom for the teams – each Scrum project works a little differently.
What did surprise you the most when you joined Sollers?
I was surprised by people and the atmosphere they create. After some time, I realized that it’s Sollers’ incontestable value. Consulting companies bring to the people’s minds the associations with rat races, competition or working overtime. Meanwhile, in Sollers I found an excellent team, which was eager to share their knowledge and help to each other. There is no competition or wrong attitude to climb the career ladder at all costs. Everyone is focused on professional development, but also is eager to support their colleagues in building competencies. A great value is brought by the mechanism of coaches, which functions within the company. Each employee has their own coach – someone who above all helps to define the path of development and supports the efforts to improve the weakest areas.
How do you recall your first sales presentation?
It was an interesting challenge, because I substituted for a colleague who took a sick-leave a week before the meeting. I had a little time to get all necessary knowledge about the topic of presentation, so I was a little bit stressed and uncertain. Eventually, it came out pretty cool. The interesting thing is that this presentation was prepared for the customer, with whom I had worked before. I had participated in the project implementation in their company as a Scrum Master. During this meeting, my previous Project Manager from the client’s side saw me in a suit for the first time ever. 🙂