Good to great agile teams

Agile_Coach_Human relations

In our rapidly changing world, with no exception of agile teams, that happen to work in versatile and volatile environments, one thing that remains constant is people!

Several researches and blogs have been continuously reminding us, people who work in teams have the ability to make or break the products, particularly agile teams who are focusing on delivering value.
If they are the ones who are producing outstanding products useful to the customers, why are they so difficult and how can we help these people to repetitively perform as a great bunch of individuals?
Well to me, answer lies in basic human relations factors;

  • Communication
  • Motivation
  • Responsibility
  • Empathy

Communication
The core of agile team is how they communicate and collaborate while meeting their team commitments. This needs to be bi-directional from teams to the leaders and vice-versa to raise flags and impediments.

Motivation
Provide autonomy to people. If you think why autonomy is so important?
Well, because its motivating and motivated people build better products. It also enables to make decisions faster.
Please look at Daniel H. Pink‘s video on “The surprising truth about what motivates us

Responsibility
Let people take the ownership of what they do and how they do, trust them and they will deliver being responsible for their creation.

Empathy
Learn and understand their perspective, No people are bad people (there are exceptions), its the circumstances make them behave in that manner. Learn them and be human.
Empathy is known to increase pro-social (helping) behaviours.

If you add all of the above to your skill-sets and be aware, you can manoeuvre the outcomes and understand why working with teams is a complex phenomenon. This will assist you to help them understand each other and prevail collaboration needed for any team or being cross-functional teams.

 

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