How to Utilize Rockefeller Habits with ScrumGenius

in August 1st, 2019

In 2002, Verne Harnish brought the Rockefeller Habits into focus with Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm. These ten habits are based on the leadership principles of John D. Rockefeller, one of the most successful American businessmen in history. They are good rules to follow for anyone who wants to grow their business to dominate their industry.

Rockefeller’s principles are helpful for every aspect of your business. But they are especially helpful when thinking about and organizing standups.

Here are three ways ScrumGenius helps you bring the Rockefeller habits in your workplace meetings.

Communication and Info Flow

Rockefeller Habits and ScrumGenius: Communication and Info Flow

In Harnish’s Rockefeller Habits, communication and information flow are incredibly important. In fact, he outlines four different types of meetings in his book: daily huddles, which last less than 15 minutes; weekly meetings; day-long monthly meetings for larger issues; and quarterly and annual meetings for long-term issues and goals.

ScrumGenius streamlines this communication process by providing you with easy daily huddles. Our automated standups collect information on their tasks, blockers and goals. Then, we share it with the rest of your team via email summary reports so everyone is kept up to date. If your team uses other apps like JIRA or GitHub, you can also integrate them with ScrumGenius so even more of your info is in the same place.

This then enables you to hold a more in-depth weekly, face-to-face meeting based on the information from your daily stand-ups. Even better, this information can then be used in monthly, quarterly and annual meetings to further optimize your company's productivity.

Easily-Identifiable Obstacles and Opportunities

Rockefeller Habits and ScrumGenius: Goals and Blockers

ScrumGenius collects a history of your team members’ standups so goals and blockers are easily tracked.

Through the Team Dashboard, you can easily view the standup history of your team and of individual team members. If you click on the Participation History tab, you can also view the past goals and blockers record for each employee so you can keep an eye on their productivity.

This allows you to identify patterns in workflow that would normally go unnoticed, such as shared or repeated blockers. This data can then be used to boost productivity and support the team so it can reach its full potential.

Built-in Success Metrics

Rockefeller Habits and ScrumGenius -- Success Metrics

ScrumGenius' goal tracking gives employees built-in, quantitative metrics to measure themselves against.

This tracking is done automatically through the prompts the Scrum bot sends you. These prompts let you answer whether you completed your last check-in’s goal, what your new goals for the day are, and whether you encountered any blockers. These answers then give you an easy way to measure your own productivity and success.

Some companies also use ScrumGenius to check on the mental wellbeing of their employees. Julee Marcelino, who works as an IT Manager with TrueBlue, uses ScrumGenius to carry out “temperature checks” on her employees to make sure everyone is in a positive headspace. If a team member responds negatively to the temperature check, Julee can now give that team member the support they need.

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