Scrum is about team self-management. In order to progressively and clearly share management practices between a manager and his team, we use Delegation Poker.
Delegation Poker is a card game that is promoted by Management 3.0 practices.
The objective is to foster discussions about different management matters and how they should be handled in the team (https://management30.com/product/delegation-poker/).
Step 1: Brainstorming and listing on the different topics of “What is Team Management ?”
Step 2: On each topic, we play the delegation poker game with the dedicated cards
Step 3: After discussion, each topic is assigned a score from 1-7 for further reference
During Step 2, each team member, and the manager, indicate for the each topic the value he would choose (everyone presents his card at the same time). The values are the following:
1- Tell – I will tell them
2 – Sell – I will try and sell it to them
3 – Consult – I will consult and then decide
4 – Agree – We will agree together
5 – Advise – I will advise but they decide
6 – Inquire – I will inquire after they decide
7 – Delegation – I will fully delegate
I = manager
we = team
The results are discussed, and if needed multiple rounds of game are played until a decision is reached between the manager and the team.
This practice helped us to clarify certain aspects, like for example who is supposed to decide on the holidays. Is the manager having the final say in this ? Why does he want this ? Is he ready to let this decision to the team ? The value of this practice often lies in the discussion behind the vote. The discussions raise concerns from both the manager and the team which ultimately help both to better understand each other. This practice also shows where there is room for the team to take more initiative and responsibilities.
At the end of the delegation poker you create your delegation board with a summary of all the decisions that were made. The format doesn’t matter (paper version on a wall or in a wiki) but the content serve as reference for future management practices.