Should we have an individual recognition award in a SCRUM team? Lots of people says that individual award is against an Agile methodology. Award should be given to a team not to a individual team member.I tried to play a passive role and stated the following:
I have seen these conversations occur many times in many forums and the end of the conversation always results in a "NO" with a very good list of reasons. The risks outweigh the rewards no matter how you set it up.And the first few responses before mine were in line with this:
There is a gray area of disagreement on whether the team can spontaneously award a peer or not. But the minute you make it a regular event, it wanders back into the problem area.
The best reward is taking a respected peer out for coffee/beer and telling them you appreciate their contributions, or saying in front of the team what good they've done. This doesn't need to be organized.
If you want to have a well jelled team - absolutely not.But then we got the extremist viewpoint thrown in:
The only exception I can think of is if the team requests it.
But that sets up a conflict of interest. - Jay Conne
The only time an individual award is appropriate is if the team wants to acknowledge an individual who has made a significant contribution that made a big difference TO and FOR THE TEAM. - Shane Hastie
The Communists tried the concept of Co-Operative farming. Under that framework, no individual was supposed to be better than the rest. Needless to say, the concept didn't work out.So I found myself having to take a stance and state the following:
Here's the best way to summarize what I'm insinuating/feel:Feel free to include your own thoughts in the comments, but I have to say that I'm not very open to debate on this one.
If an award is financially valuable... and it is regular (creating a sense of expectation), then it has a higher probability of creating individual behaviors over team behaviors unless your team remains constantly aligned to itself (resources typically fluctuate too much for this to be assumed).
If a reward is simply a show of appreciation and a call to what behaviors or achievements the team should continue to grow and repeat, then this has a higher probability of creating a collective and positive team behavior, especially if it is unexpected (not scheduled), and driven by the team.