“Would you pay for this result with your own money?”
Let’s say you’re an agile team. Scrum, Evo, DSDM, whatever. Anything with iterations and increments. And you come to the end of your timebox, presenting your results to people who care to show up.\r\n\r\nWould you then pay for your team’s results with your own money?\r\n\r\nJust imagine that someone asks you that question when the timebox your team currently works on comes to an end.\r\n\r\nWould you pay?\r\n\r\nWhat if you’d say “yes”? Could you then explain why you pay? Would you pay gladly or reluctantly? Would you perhaps even lend money and go into debt just to get those results?\r\n\r\nPerhaps your answer would be “I am not sure”? Then, why not? What would make you more confident to invest?\r\n\r\nAnd what if your answer would be “no”? Why then would you say no? What is the significance of your “no”? For you or for anyone else in or around the team?\r\n\r\nWhat if, regardless of your role in the team, your answer would be “no” every single time your team finishes a timebox? What is the significance of that?\r\n\r\nOh, do you even know what you’d have to pay for those results?\r\n\r\nDo you know who pays for those results if you don’t?\r\n\r\nWhere is that person by the way?