So, where are your cards?

Astute readers have noticed that the board holds cards for kids, but no adults. What’s gives? Are we

Surely, I believe Peace & I could benefit from the structure Scrum For Kids offers. Adults have the same challenges as kids in the course of a week, and most would benefit from the added support and accountability.  Our decision to stay removed from the team of “workers” was intentional.

The board isn’t ours, it’s theirs. The kids’ exclusive ownership empowers our children to manage their own tasks, and goes a long way towards their buy-in.

The Standup brings the team news on what the kids are doing among very similar tasks and what hurdles they face.  We felt it could cloud the process for the parents to also give updates on their vastly different chores.

Also, I feel it’s our role to shepherd them through this process, not be a team member in it. When Scrum is used in the workplace, the most ideal settings are those where the ScrumMaster is able to focus on moving the team through the process and remove roadblocks. It’s cleaner and avoids any potential conflict of interests.

All that said, Peace & I think about setting up another board for ourselves. Tracking items like picking up dry cleaning and publishing blog posts would be great. The “nice” thing about tasks like that are that they don’t really *have* to be done in a given week. The critical tasks, like picking the kids up from school, seem to get done without the process overlay.

That’s what I think. Hope it helps.

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