Restructuring the Agile way www.PairCoaching.net Yves Hanoulle PairCoaching.net
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Large team inside a large organisation
Divided in four sub team’s
Blue, Red, Green, Yellow
Consists mainly out of juniors
Is scapegoated by other team’s
Is scapegoated by internal customers
I was working there about a month
What did I do?
Had a talk with the yellow sub-team about their performance
Told the whole team to cancel all their plans the afternoon
Scheduled meeting rooms the whole afternnoon
Started wih a 1 hour discussion about the problems
Come up with answers in groups of 3 or 4 (20 minutes)
We only need 3 groups
HOW will we reorg now?
My Scary idea
Form new sub team’s by walking around for 20 minutes
NO up front rules
Feel your inner voice, act accordingly
How will we know we are good distributed?
We want rules
No you don’t. If it does not feel good for you, you move.
After 5 minutes Please form groups so I can see them
After 10 minutes Are you happy? No I’m not Then keep moving Yves, you have to do this! No I don’t. That is what self organizing teams are about! I will not take decisions for you, but help you taking decisions! Click ! Click ! Click ! Click ! Click ! Click ! Click ! Click ! Click ! Click ! Click ! Click ! Click ! Click ! Click ! Click !
After 15 minutes Are you now happy? No I’m still not happy... Then keep moving But I can’t change it... You are allowed to move one other person
After 15 minutes
After 20 minutes Are you happy? The problem for me is that the yellow team still sticks together Wait a minute, I can see that that is the result. You have all been moving. Don’t blame just them for that. Let’s take a 5 minute break and then retry. Taking that last remark into account
A lot later Are you happy? Yes? Yes? Yes. Yes! We don’t have a french speaking problem in our team Is that a problem? No but we said... That is why I said no rules...
End of the day...
The team came up with a solution
They are now much more self-organising as before
If I would have taken the decision, they would have been less self-organising as before
Make sure the team realizes the regrouping is needed
It is a compromise
It is much better then what I came up with
It’s better accepted then when I would have done it
At the end I was full of energy and exhausted at the same time