I’ve found myself talking a lot about focus at the moment. As one of the five scrum values I use it a lot when coaching teams and to a certain degree focus is a really easy value to get started with.

It’s easy for teams to lose focus and frequently leaders in organisations are culpable in helping them. A couple of common requests

  • Can you just prepare a few slides and do a talk for X
  • We’ve got a supplier coming in, they need a light touch
  • I need report on Y
  • Can you analyse this data and get back to me by Friday
  • Can you just add in this little feature, it will only take an hour


These constant nibbles for peoples time prevent your team working on their objectives, or sprint goals.

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