Sprinting Out of Stuckness: Overcoming Moments of Stuckness to Support the Creativity Flow in Agile Team Settings

Ashni Shah, Alfonso Huidobro Pereda, Milene Guerreiro Goncalves

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Abstract

Multidisciplinary agile teams working in fast paced, delivery-oriented sprint cycles of two weeks can experience moments of stuckness. Typically, these moments can be characterised by the inability to continue, which can be quite detrimental in agile settings, where time is pressured. This paper aims to explore these moments of stuckness, to understand when and why they occur and to understand the different strategies Scrum teams use to overcome them, both on a personal as well as team level. A combination of interviews and observations were conducted with six Scrum team members and two experts to understand their process and experiences while working in an agile set up. We have identified five strategies, which strongly rely on agile values of collaboration, communication, and creativity. These are: looking for expert guidance, open communication, creating spike stories, visual communication and incubation. The findings from this study provide both practice and academia with a deeper understanding into how can creativity be supported in agile settings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 19
EditorsPetra Badke Schaub, Maaike Kleinsmann
Place of PublicationDelft
Pages2347-2356
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Creativity
  • Design process
  • Teamwork
  • agile
  • Scrum

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    Shah, A., Huidobro Pereda, A., & Guerreiro Goncalves, M. (2019). Sprinting Out of Stuckness: Overcoming Moments of Stuckness to Support the Creativity Flow in Agile Team Settings. In P. Badke Schaub, & M. Kleinsmann (Eds.), Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 19 (pp. 2347-2356). https://doi.org/10.1017/dsi.2019.241