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Are you investing enough to build cross-functional development team?

I do see people come to attend Scrum Master or Scrum Product Owner training in bulk. Many organizations ask us to facilitate the in-house workshop for CSM and CSPO. These 2 workshops are for Scrum Master and Product Owner and really needed in order to start practising Scrum. But what kind of workshop you are organizing for the development team? What workshop your development team members are attending to gain knowledge related to development team practices?

What Are Cross-Functional Teams?

How you are helping to build a better cross-functional and self-organizing team? Hoping you are not ignoring but are you having right workshops for them? What do you do for people working on Salesforce, Oracle ERP, Java Development, UX design, Database, .Net Development, Open Source Platform, Mainframe or Embedded Technologies either Developer, Testers or Business Analyst?

I am raising these questions based on my interaction with the development team while facilitating Scrum Developer workshop. Usually, developers, testers and business analyst attends this workshop but have seen many managers come to attend nowadays. What I usually hear that organization facilitating only Scrum Framework workshop and nothing specific to development team role. Some organizations also organizing workshops for TDD, CI etc. but mainly tools training and not practices.

What Is Needed for the Development Team?

Since Scrum become a widely used framework for software and the majority of organizations already practising Scrum or Scrum + Something. It has become vital to have your development team members go through the role-specific workshop to learn practices that can help them to be more efficient and effective.

Workshops should focus more on practices and the importance of these practices rather than just tools. If they just go for junit, dbunit, jenkins or cucumber training then most likely teams will misuse this workshop.  Being a developer I understand one thing that until I am not sure how these practices and tools useful for me, I will not use it. Maybe this is one the biggest reason for team ignoring engineering practices and technical debts keep increasing sprint by sprint.

This is based on interactions with development team members while facilitating CSD workshop. I have delivered many Scrum Developer workshops in last 2-3 years and in many of them in large organizations like Robert Bosch, HP, Hexaware, Bank of America, CA Technologies, Berkadia, Wipro, Danfoss, VeriSign and NCR Corporations and manymore.

Author's Bio

Naveen is a Lean-Agile Coach, Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) and Internationally acclaimed Speaker in many Conferences and Agile events. He has over 22 years of experience in multiple domains and he is a Certified LeSS Practitioner (Large-Scale Scrum) and one of the early adopters of DevOps practices and teaches DevOps culture around the Globe.

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