Let's Stop The Echo Chamber

November 14, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Let's stop the echo chamber

We all live in an echo chamber.  That is, we speak and hear the same ideas over and over again. We tend to surround ourselves with people with like values and ideas and they tend to repeat our own ideas.  It is easier and more comfortable to find agreement than it is to look for the truth.

I admittedly don't pay close attention to the Scrum guide anymore as I find Scrum to be in an echo chamber.  Scrum is about Agile & teamwork & innovation - it shouldn't be about following Scrum. However, I recently aware of changes to the guide and the Scrum values of Courage, Commitment, Focus, Openness, and Respect.  They definitely are values we want.  And it is precisely these values we need to avoid our echo chamber.

Courage to see what we may be doing or thinking wrong Commitment to not become complacent but to always be looking for better ways Focus on what's the truth, not what our beliefs are Openness that we are not the only ones with valid ideas Respect others and acknowledging them when we take ideas they have generated.

The mechanism for this is double-looped learning.  Inspect and adapt usually means to see how to improve what you are doing, double-loop learning has us ask if what we are attempting to do is the right thing to be attempting.

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Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With over 40 years of experience, Alan is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, SAFe, Scrum and agile design.



        

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