Business and Agile
I’ve worked at a variety of organisations. One of the most variable parts of organisation culture I’ve experienced is the level of transparency the organisation displays to staff. When I’ve been in organisations with low transparency, I’ve felt untrusted and less valuable; in organisations with almost total transparency, the level of trust has felt high and I’ve felt much more valued within the business.
The Scrum guide defines 5 events, one-on-ones are not one of them. In fact I'm not aware of any agile methodology that extols the virtues of a one-on-one. So why do so many organisations have them?
If you haven't heard of it before, ”not invented syndrome” is when an organisation develops a custom solution to a problem that has been solved before. I also extend it to when an organisation creates a completely custom solution for an issue that hasn't necessarily been solved before, but a very similar problem has been solved, and the available solution could easily be extended.