How to improve interactions within Teams

How to Improve Interactions Within Teams

A “Team” is generally defined as a group of people. Who work together towards a shared goal. In my experience, effective interaction forms the bedrock of such a ‘team’ – a factor often taken for granted. All the more true in an agile environment, where one sees high levels of ambiguity, uncertainty and diversity. Some of the common issues brought up by managers / leads include dysfunctional teams, poor participation, a lack of openness, poor innovation levels, and less than optimal outcomes. A lack of effective collaboration across team members was a common issue observed across all the aforementioned scenarios. While there is no singular factor that derails collaboration, I’ll attempt to highlight a few key ones in the next few paragraphs. Cross functional team members, geographically dispersed teams, digital dependencies, poor communication practices, diversity of skill sets, cultural differences, structural tension, power struggle within the team, most ironically an over emphasis on collaboration for the sake of it – are some of the most common disruptive factors I’ve come across. I won’t delve into specifics of dealing with each of these issues. However, I’d like to share a few tried and tested pointers that will help establish a healthy climate for collaboration within agile teams.

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How to make a timeboxed event more effective.

How to Make a Timeboxed Event More Effective?

How do we better utilize our time attending an insane number of meetings? Coaches get this asked a lot. While little can be done about the number of meetings just like driving in bumper to bumper traffic, we can surely improve the in-car time utilization! To make the situation worse, we are in the middle of a pandemic, and one thing that we all have experienced is the spike in the sheer number of meetings. What makes this situation more annoying is the purposeless, lacklustre, voice dropping due to poor internet connections and an absolute lack of timeboxing sense in a virtual environment. Those who are applying scrum have to deal with the additional pain of  all the events being timeboxed. Below is an estimate of the time spent across various events based on the sprint size.

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Essential Agile

Essential Agile Metrics for Leaders

Popular agile metrics like burndown chart, velocity graph, cumulative flow, control charts and many others are confined to one team and limits the management view. Senior leadership is keen to know metrics like consistency, predictability, productivity, reliability and other business KPIs as part of the Agile transformation journey of the organization. This blog will help you with metrics that can be compared, analyzed, scaled and more importantly are trustworthy indicators to understand the maturity of various teams within a program and the organization as a whole, expediting the journey towards business Agility.

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Beer Down Chart

Bored by agile metrics? Try ‘Beer down chart’

Beer down chart is inspired by burndown chart that scrum teams use daily to know how much work is remaining to achieve the desired sprint goal. We call our product owner as bartender, sprint backlog is a beer cask which is committed by scrum team and scrum team is the group enthusiastic to finish the purchased beer cask. This is monitored daily to know how much beer is remaining. All in all it’s a light hearted take on one of an important Agile metrics and our clients have enjoyed understanding the concept during their Agile transformation journey.

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