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Needs of High Performing Teams

Alex van der Star Door: Alex van der Star,  20-05-2016
Onderwerp: Agile Management   agile  Agile Coaches  Agile Coach  Agile Teams  Culture  Development Team  High Performing Teams  Scrum  Scrum Teams  Team Happiness  Team morale  What motivates people  zelfsturende teams  

The needs that High Performing Teams have

In my previous blogpost, I wrote about the characteristics of High Performing Teams. To come to these characteristics I did a small literature review. For this part, I will establish the needs that need to be filled in in order to enable teams to become high performing.

Remember, I am still talking about a team of knowledge workers developing and maintaining a software product.

Characteristics of High Performing Teams

Alex van der Star Door: Alex van der Star,  14-04-2016
Onderwerp: Agile Management   agile  Agile Coaches  Agile Coach  Agile Teams  Culture  Development Team  High Performing Teams  Scrum  Scrum Teams  Team Happiness  Team morale  What motivates people  zelfsturende teams  

How to create high performing teams

This is the first blogpost in a mini-series of three in which I explore actions that Agile coaches or Agile managers can take to create high performing teams. I focus on high performing teams that consist of knowledge workers creating a software product.

It looks like we are in the middle of a social revolution equal to the scale of the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th century. We’re seeing more and more self-organizing teams that make their own decisions within boundaries set by organisational direction, strategy and/or vision. The benefits seem clear, teams that take ownership simply perform better. But what is exactly the mechanism behind this? Is setting a certain corporate direction and giving freedom to self-organising teams enough to end up with high performing teams?

Childish motivation

Martijn Dehing Door: Martijn Dehing,  11-02-2015
Onderwerp: Agile Management   Agile Teams  Culture  High Performing Teams  Scrum Teams  zelfsturende teams  

Many of my friends are already or soon-to-be parents. Watching their children learn new things in a pace so fast that even Usain Bolt seems slow caught my attention. All of them are really quick in using their dad’s smartphone, the family iPad. Even the SmartTV gets wizzed through as if it has always been there. When you give them your old family photo album they expect to slide through it, just like an iPad. Even for me it is sometimes hard to follow, let alone their grandparents. The learnings that don’t come naturally, so it seems, are the things that they have to do by school, their parents or life itself.

So what are the intrinsic motivators to cater for this fast pace of learning? Could these be used as well in an adult environment, say e.g. a Scrum Team?

It’s how you say it

Stephan van Rooden Door: Stephan van Rooden,  17-12-2014
Onderwerp: Agile Management   

The last couple of weeks I have noticed how often messages don’t come across as intended. This is not only destroying relationships but can also limit an organisation trying to empower their employees to show their professionalism. The reason people say something, the ‘why’, is usually correct. You don’t open your mouth just because you feel like it. Especially not in a professional environment. Also, what they want to bring across usually is very good. However, where most things go wrong is ‘How’ it's phrased. It’s how you say it! Here are some examples.

Management High Five

Peter Koning Door: Peter Koning,  01-04-2014
Onderwerp: Agile Management   Craftsmanship  Motivatie  improvement  

When I was a manager, I was trying to create a culture of continuous improvements and innovation. This often was a hard job. Keeping the balance between business as usual and making time for improvements and innovation is difficult. Over the past months I did an interesting discovery that I would like to share. It took me quite some time before I really understood it. I hope you can understand it much quicker than I did!

Schizophrenity @ Agile Management

Paul Weghorst Door: Paul Weghorst,  19-02-2014
Onderwerp: Agile Management   

Large companies are often thought leader in a specific market area. They got this position by being innovative. Innovation is a creative process where you need a good feedback cycle with customers. In software development we use the same frequent feedback principle in frameworks like Scrum. Hopefully large companies keep their pole position by being innovative, and not just by reputation and scale. Recently I did several training sessions with senior managers of big enterprises in our "Agility @ Senior Management Level" training. I discovered an interesting phenomenon.