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Willpower is the force that is between the brain activity (I want to do this or I need to do this) and the action itself (start coding). If there is not enough willpower, people find it difficult to start any activity (especially that involves decision making). What is the standard approach when you feel tired and find it difficult to concentrate? Take some coffee (but latest research shows that coffee depletes the brain activity, even when body has more energy), take some sweets (but sugar ends quickly and gives even more exhaustion to the body)? These widely used strategies generally do not work, and in long-term even add harm to the body and brain. The willpower is not endless (so-called muscle theory of willpower), it can be saved, it can be trained, there are approaches how to keep the willpower level high. To keep the willpower (and thus, productivity) on the high level, people should know and use different approaches that lay in the field on the social and cognitive science. There are a lot of evidences that SCRUM improves the developers productivity in terms of speed of development, code quality, and accuracy of design. Unfortunately mainly all recommendations from SCRUM coaches look like believe me, if you do this, you will have better velocity. Yes, it works. But why does it work? Sometimes SCRUM does not give such great results even when main elements are in place. The question Why and What makes the difference is here again. I will describe the model of relationship between the willpower related brain metabolism on very low level (specific amino acid cycle) and the SCRUM practices. I can prove that SCRUM addresses the productivity of the peoples brain using 3 different flows simultaneously. There are several tips that make these productivity flows working or not. You can make Agile productive, you can have non-productive Agile. I will show you where the difference is. Overall there are 10 productivity tips that can be put into 3 flows. As the outcome of this session, Agile coaches, and all people who can change the process (in fact that is any team member) will review their SCRUM: does the way they have it improve the productivity or they are losing all the power? The changes are cheap, the outcome can be huge.


  • 1. How Scrum boosts your willpowerand productivity Anna Obukhova, Agile Coach
  • 2. Is 400% productivity in SCRUM a myth, a luckor? 2
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  • 5. What the productivity is? 5
  • 6. Willpower energy is not endless 6
  • 7. That means it can dry up 7
  • 8. Lysine is the specific willpower fuel 8
  • 9. Lysine what it affects and regulates:Regulates Energy metabolism and body recovery Lipids metabolism Immune system Short-term memory Attention concentration, focusNot enough Lysine Anxiety, nervousness, cannot feel happiness Lower height or bad powerlifting results Allopecia less hair on the head Problems with potency 9
  • 10. Strategies for productivity:1 - Dont spend Lysine2 - Dont allow others to spend our Lysine3 - Get Results and feel happiness 10
  • 11. Why it is about SCRUM? 11
  • 12. Strategy 1 - Dont spend Lysine Habit Ritual Flow 12
  • 13. Strategy 1 in SCRUM: Dont Spend willpower1. Standup2. Sprint Pulse3. Picking the tasks 13
  • 14. Strategy 2- Dont allow others to spend your Lysine Anxiety Uncertainty Stress 14
  • 15. Strategy 2 in SCRUM: reduce uncertainty and stress4. PBR meetings5. Story tests and DOD6. Change Requests7. UT and Test Automation 15
  • 16. Strategy 3 Get the result and get happy Get the result Authorize the result Sell the result 16
  • 17. Strategy 3 in SCRUM: Success Well8. Story - done9. Tasks