I have recently joined a new scrum team as the scrum master.
They are high performing and stakeholders are happy with their value delivery. Their decisions are swift and their ceremonies are optimal.
I have had catch-ups with each individual on the team and there is no obvious issue or challenge. There are no major issues coming out of retrospectives.
They don’t really work as a typical Scrum Team. Their PO is essentially like a well respected team leader. He speaks almost all the time and they rarely disagree with him. They seem to prefer him to lead on all topics. They are mostly silent and in agreement with everything he says. He always asks if people agree and they either remain quiet or confirm agreement. When he is not around they are not able to make decisions but they are able to continue delivering.
It’s such a confusing prospect for me as a scrum master because since they deliver at pace, they have not vocalised any issues, stakeholders are happy there appears to be no problem but on the other hand it’s not really what I would call a scrum team.
My question here is, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it or what should I do?
Update: My gut feeling on why they are silent is that the work they tend to get is very much like “bits and bops”. They are like the devops/software support team. So I think they all work separately on little tiny projects so don’t really feel the need to collaborate much. The PO has a solid hold on the big picture.
They also said that Scrum doesn’t really work for them and they want to use Kanban.