Working with goals is often about moving out of your comfort zone, especially when you need to work on them as a team. Goal setting does not work well in an artificial set-up, i.e., because the manager or scrum master said so. What could be an intrinsic motivation for teams to grow though goal setting and moving towards goals? In this experience report we describe a series of workshops on goal setting and working towards these goals on an everyday basis in four agile teams. We suspect we sometimes protect teams too much, so they miss opportunities to feel pain and discomfort stemming from the real world, to learn lessons and to become more antifragile. What if we for instance were to teach team members how to coach each other in order to reach their goals, and give them basic tools to support them in this endeavor, for instance a short list of coaching questions? Could scrum masters/agile coaches be made available to teams on a request basis for working with particular areas like goals, and enable teams to be more self-reliant and achieve more than they would with a scrum member as part of the team? Regardless of whether the scrum master is a team member or not, how do scrum masters (or others) support people on the go effectively - after they have set their team and personal goals, given that such goals are most often ‘important and not urgent?’ Focus, inspection and adaptation, and a psychologically safe foundation, are requirements for you and the teams you work with to continue to move outside of our respective comfort zones and grow.
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