Top 10 Team Practices
March 30, 2008
There are some great books on agile team dynamics nowadays. My personal favorites include:
- Collaboration Explained by Jean Tabaka
- Agile Retrospectives by Esther Derby, Diana Larsen, Ken Schwaber
- Right-Brain Project Management by Michael Aucoin
- Great Boss Dead Boss by Ray Immelman
- The Blind Men and the Elephant by David Schmaltz
The problem is that most people do not get the time they want or need to read about these topics. So, I have created the following: Top 10 Team Practices list and one-page printer friendly version to remind us of some of the basic points.
If you lead a team then print the sheet and post it somewhere visible and do a mental inventory of the practices from time to time. If you are a member of a team that could do with a boost, print a copy and post it on your manager’s wall, I am sure they will thank you for it! (actual results may vary.)
1) Empower them – By giving control for local decision making and work sequencing to the team we gain the advantages of additional insights, better motivated teams, and more practical plans with less waiting.
2) Listen to them – The team is closer to the technical details of the project and also best placed to determine the most successful solutions to project challenges and problems. Encouraging the team to solve the project problems has two main benefits. It demonstrates they are valued for their insight as well as their output, which makes people feel more involved and appreciated. Also, solutions suggested by the team are more likely to be embraced and executed with enthusiasm. It is better to have a 70% optimal solution executed with 80% enthusiasm than a 100% optimal solution executed with 40% enthusiasm.
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