The analysis matrix helps teams identify how Scrum may undermine women’s participation on their team. A good way to start thinking about improving a process is to identify what is explicitly defined and what remains implicit. Transparency, which is an important pillar of Scrum, means just that: Things have to be visible and defined by its day-to-day activities and artifacts so the team can share a common understanding. When a practice does not have enough explicit structure and clear expectations, it is prone to interpersonal chaos. Chaos unlocks the door to bias and unprofessional behavior; structure disrupts it. If important processes, like Scrum, are not well defined, the process is unlikely to be consistently effective. Nor will it be effective for ensuring that women’s voices are heard and work is equally valued. When expectations and practices are not explicated they are also nearly impossible to examine or improve through reflection. Without being explicit about our practices, our values and expectations of individual behavior bias creeps in. The Scrum Analysis Matrix can be used by facilitators and agile coaches to develop explicit practices that ensure that the team gets the work done successfully. Use it in a workshop to uncover issues and generate ideas to improve how you work in your Scrum teams.
Download the template for conducting a workshop using the Scrum Matrix
This template for conducting a workshop with the Scrum Analysis Matrix guides a facilitator through a meeting to understand the impact on women of implicit vs. explicit practices in Scrum and offers a framework for uncovering them. It includes instructions of what to present, how to identify issues, how to use Miro for team discussion and brainstorming and how to choose changes to try.
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