I've noticed a recurring theme for this month: connection. Recently I've visited a couple of companies who are trying to break from a very traditional mold, and the compelling 'Scrum benefit' they've latched onto is the idea of connection through collaboration.

In a retrospective I ran last week, the team loved the communication that it experienced by nature of implementing the first sprint. The individuals on the team loved that they could jump in and help each other when necessary. Interestingly enough, they mentioned that they need to better understand and learn how to respect the accountability that they now have to one another. It was fascinating.

So much of Scrum is about connection with people. Agile is all about the "individuals and interactions" - letting down our guards to talk to and trust others.