Day 2 of the Coaching Agile Teams course, led by Lyssa Adkins & Michael Spayd. Here are my main learnings and take-aways.
Conditions for a REAL Team
Us Agile folk are crazy about teams. We MUST have a cross-functional, self-organised team. But what if your team is not really a team? What defines a team? And most importantly, is it detrimental to label a group of people a ‘team’ when they clearly aren’t?
So if having a ‘Psuedo Team’ is detrimental, what are the grounds for a real team?
Conditions for a Real Team:
- A peformance challenge too complex for one person or for a group of people each “doing their part” to meet it; we have to synergize
- A shared goal we can all articulate
- Interdependence on one another; mutual accountability
Great Agile Coaches have a mix of competency & are aware of their weaknesses
During this day, we talked a LOT about the Agile Coaching Competency Framework. Lyssa’s Coaching Agile Teams course has a heavier focus on the right hand side of the wheel. We talked about what each of these wedges mean & why its OK to be weak on some of these areas (its unrealistic to expect an Agile Coach to be an expert in all of these areas).
Personally, I feel like Facilitating, Mentoring, Agile / Lean & Business are my strong areas. I’m now on a path to improve my Coaching (higher priority) & Teaching (lower priority) realms and happy to let the rest be my weakness.
Starting up or Resetting a Team: How are you inducting your team?
Starting a new team? (or conducting a reset?) Well here is a handy diagram to help you think about what to consider when planning activities with your team.
- Product Vision
Do the team understand what it is that they are building & most importantly, why? Get your Product Owner involved, perhaps a short (8 mins) presentation with a follow-up Q&A afterwards would help align the team.
- Agile / Process
Have the team talked about how they plan to work together? Are you introducing a process and if so, do they understand it? Try to consider an engaging way to ensure that the team understand the process and why they are using said process.
And most importantly, there is team building. There are a bunch of exercises that you could do to introduce a team to one another. Journeylines is a great example of an activity to break the ice. I also like “2 truths 1 lie”.