Suppose we consider two teams, and we look at their productivity during a Scrum sprint:
Both teams had five stories to do. Team A did not even start on the fourth and fifth stories!
So, it definately looks like team B did much more work! At least, that is what the colouring suggests. However as it turns out the number of finished stories in Team A, being two, is higher than the number of stories finished of Team B; they got nothing finished at all!
Even if Team B absorbed extra work, like fixing some production issues or other ‘hidden work’, that might not be so clear to the rest of the company who only looks at the finished stories each sprint.
What should team B do?
Team B should consider the presentation of what they do, and how that is perceived in the company. It might be much better to actually take some actions.
- Stop starting, start finishing
- Do less instead of more
- Focus on one thing at a time
- Keep ad-hoc work out of the team