Yoga Wellness Can Be Seen In Scrum

Yoga Wellness

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice originating in India. Over the past ten years, it has gone up in global popularity, and almost every gym has a yoga class. Yoga today spans all ages.  On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga.

When you relate this to Scrum what would you consider the mental, spiritual and physical to be? Why don't we look at the Scrum Roles and the Scrum Pillars.

The ScrumMaster embodies the spirit of Scrum and takes the Scrum values and empowers the team to believe that they can do anything and be anything. While daily helping the team to align and collaborate to meet the Scrum Goals. Would the mental be embodied by the Scrum Product Owner, the navigator and owner of the vision and the one role ultimately responsible for communication and clarifications on PBI's in the Product Backlog. Like the brain, the Product Owner has to process the input from client, customers, and stakeholders and translate it into a valuable product increment that can be delivered at the end of the sprint.

The physical the ones who do the work of converting those product backlog items into those valuable increments is the Development Team. By embracing the power of self-organization and cross-functionality. Each member of the team igniting the other to reach further like the chakra circles of energy power through the body with each yoga move to strengthen and lead the body on it's journey to wholeness. None of this would be possible if all of the three roles don't work in harmony. YOGA allows the body mind and spirit to come into harmony to achieve optimum wellness, neither part of the whole every considers their function superior to other the power is in unity.

The daily scrum meetings establishes a forum within Scrum to reset the unity of the Scrum team. It provides the rhythm of the daily breath that the Scrum Team makes to bring itself into sync so that it can focus on meeting the Sprint Goal.

  • Breath One - Transparency - What did we do yesterday to meet the sprint goal.
  • Breath Two - What are we going to do today to meet the Sprint goal.
  • Breath Three - Adaptation - Do we have impediments or roadblocks in our way that have to be removed for us to meet our sprint goal.

Continue to use the wisdom of Yoga to improve your teams and yourself.

About the Author

Lizzy is a transformation specialist that has a passion for guiding leaders through strategic change. Lizzy will tell you she lives to inspire people to shift and reframe their context which is what makes her such a dynamic trainer and speaker. Make a point of attending one of her classes when you get the chance you won’t be disappointed.

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