5 +1 Questions to... Jürgen Maus​

Jürgen Maus is currently working as Scrum Master @ Barco (Belgium). However, he’s not just a Scrum Master who facilitates the ceremonies. He’s always trying to improve himself by reading books, following additional training in order to become a better coach for his teams.

 

We both attended the same training “Team Growing”, a framework to support team growth, developed by Linda Dorlandt and Remi-Armand Collaris.

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Team Growing is a model developed by Linda Dorlandt and Remi-Armand Collaris. This model combines elements of Lean, Agile, Solution Focused coaching and many team models like the group development stages of Tuckman, the teamwork pyramid of Lencioni and many more.

1.What is Agile or the Agile Mindset for you?Agile mindset

Agile is for me trying to reach a shared and beneficial goal with multiple persons in the most practical and conscious way making use of the knowledge of all persons.

2. What’s your favourite tool or method you use during your coaching?

I believe that teams can take big steps forward if people are taking more ownership of what they want to achieve in terms of product goals, collaboration, work environment,…

I like using coaching sessions to create an environment for people to explore their own situation, their needs, their goals and support them to figure out the first next steps they can take to reach it. It’s great to see them light up when they are seeing new unexpected insights. By using these coaching techniques a lot of people are starting to be more aware and they gain the confidence to take more ownership. Nice to see people grow as a person..

3. What book or website would you recommend?

“Dream teams” by Shane Snow

This book really was an eye-opener for me. It explores all elements that are needed to have a Dream Team. If you think you have a bad team then you have to read it. You might come to the conclusion that some “bad behaviour” is, in fact, an ingredient for a Dream Team.

The author really shows by stories that the same virtue can lead to disaster or success when combined with other factors. It gave me the gift to look to teams in multiple ways and see possibilities to grow a team.

4. What is essential for you during an Agile transformation?

Half a year ago I would say that teamwork on all levels of the organization is essential for having an efficient transformation. But when looking closer I see a lot of transformations that are slowing down because people are resisting it. We tend to forget to get all people moving along during a transformation. A leadership team that contains people covering the 4 different DISC personality styles or is aware of how to deal with it is essential for a transformation. Making them work as a team is an extra step forward in a transformation.

5. What is 1 Aspect of coaching Agile teams you like the most?

5. I love to collaborate with another coach analyzing ways to make waste, non-efficiencies, problems, collaboration issues,… transparent and support teams to find solutions to improve.

+1. What do you do to stay relevant as a Scrum Master?

I reach out to other scrum masters/coaches to facilitate together, inspire and get inspired in meetups and conferences and do intervisions. Furthermore, I like to read and discuss relevant books. When there’s time left I look for some good training courses.