PDM in Scrum, part 3: The tree metaphor, revisited

continued from part 2: PDM core values

Once at a seminar I asked if anyone knew what empowerment meant. No one knew! Why is empowerment fundamental to agile? One way to show this is to look at the opposite: 


Inspired by Esther Derby’s drawing here, this is what I came up with. With visualization like this you can ask if empowerment would make a difference to your efficiency.

High Performance Tree

Lyssa Adkins showed us how to communicate core values using the High Performance Tree metaphor. Read about it in the excellent and very useful book Coaching Agile Teams, or watch it live on youtube. Nail up a High Performance Tree on the wall, explain how endeavouring the PDM values (tree roots) yield effects of stronger people, stronger group and stronger agreements (tree branches). These effects will in turn give us more ideas, better ideas and so on (fruits). To see all the fruits in full bloom, so to say, you might want to revisit the tree in part 1.

Team Radar

Team Radar, from zero in centre out to ten. Lines connectiong points.

The Team Radar is a simple procedure that helps tracking team progress toward values. You can visualize where the team feels it stands today, and you can reason on how to improve towards your values.

– What could be improved the most?

– Is our understanding of where we are different? Why?

– How can we improve?

The illustration shows a radar where each team member has marked four dots on the axes, for where he/she thinks the group is living up to the values. The low score on shared responsibility suggests there could be an issue with specialized roles.


With this setup you now have the tools to review and measure progress. Do a new radar in next iteration and see how progress is going, or even better,  try other new innovating excercises! Refer to the tree metaphor, and don’t forget to enjoy the fruits from it!


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