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Teams what is in it for me - GrowIT 2018 - Ben Linders

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Agile talks a lot about self-organized teams, where developers and testers work together to deliver software. But what can you do to make teams succeed?

Ben Linders will explore why you want to work in a team, the benefits that teams bring, and how to (not) manage teams.

What is an agile team (and what not)
Why would you as a developer want to work in a team, what’s in it for me
Which benefits do teams have for organizations, stakeholders, customers, etc
How to manage teams, the do’s and don’ts
How developers, managers, and business people, can effectively communicate and collaborate

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Teams what is in it for me - GrowIT 2018 - Ben Linders

  1. 1. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 1 Ben Linders Consulting Teams, what’s in it for me? How to (not) manage teams GrowIT 2018 – Full Stack Conference Novi Sad, Serbia, December 2, 2018 Ben Linders
  2. 2. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 2 Ben Linders Consulting Trainer / Coach / Adviser / Author / Speaker Agile, Lean, Quality & Continuous improvement Freelance Editor for InfoQ.com BenLinders.com Books: Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives What Drives Quality Agile Self-assessment Game Continuous Improvement Games: Agile Self-assessment
  3. 3. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 3 Ben Linders Consulting https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/management
  4. 4. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 4 Ben Linders Consulting
  5. 5. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 5 Ben Linders Consulting Agile Team people working together to deliver value to the users of products or services and stakeholders • Self-organized • Deliver value • Collaborative • Learn and adjust
  6. 6. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 6 Ben Linders Consulting Teamworking Purpose Safety Autonomy
  7. 7. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 7 Ben Linders Consulting Why people hate working in teams • unfair workload • find it hard to work together • depend too much on colleagues • too much unclearness • not getting credits you deserve • work with people you dislike • unclear roles or expectations • unsure what you contributes • slowed down by colleagues
  8. 8. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 8 Ben Linders Consulting Why people hate working together • unfair workload • find it hard to work together • depend too much on colleagues • too much unclearness • not getting credits you deserve • work with people you dislike • unclear roles or expectations • unsure what you contributes • slowed down by colleagues
  9. 9. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 9 Ben Linders Consulting There´s no escaping
  10. 10. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 10 Ben Linders Consulting Let’s face it You can't do it alone, you will have to work together with other people Better get better in working together
  11. 11. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 11 Ben Linders Consulting Why work in a team – WIFM?  Get more done together  Getting credit  Give and get help  Learn from each other  Camaraderie, belonging  Increased work satisfaction Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
  12. 12. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 12 Ben Linders Consulting Benefits of Agile Teams  No micromanagement  Sustainable pace  Limit outside interference  Less unclearness  Improved communication  Better results Making Agile Work for You
  13. 13. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 13 Ben Linders Consulting Organizing for Teamwork  Establish Stable Teams  Enable Diversity  Design for Improvement Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash
  14. 14. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 14 Ben Linders Consulting Creating a Teamwork Culture  Guide Self-organization  Stimulate Collaboration  Foster Modern Leadership  Be an Example Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash
  15. 15. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 15 Ben Linders Consulting What if it doesn’t work? • Reflect & discuss • Speak up • Team working skills • Get team coaching Agile Retrospectives
  16. 16. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 16 Ben Linders Consulting Advice to managers Dont call people resources!
  17. 17. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 17 Ben Linders Consulting How to not manage agile teams • Don't call people resources • Don’t micromanage • Don’t put pressure on teams • Don’t be a jerk When in doubt: don’t do it and see what happens
  18. 18. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 18 Ben Linders Consulting How to do manage agile teams • Listen • Value collaboration • Trust people • Give them what they need • Reward team results • Drive out fear
  19. 19. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 19 Ben Linders Consulting One last thing Managers are people too! Developers: stop using the term “management”, “business”, or “them”. Call them by their name, respect them in the same way as you want to be respected. Assume that they also come to work to do their job the best they can, just like you.
  20. 20. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 20 Ben Linders Consulting Thank you!Thank you! Ben Linders Trainer / Coach / Adviser / Author / Speaker Agile, Lean, Quality & Continuous Improvement info@BenLinders.cominfo@BenLinders.com @BenLinders www.linkedin.com/in/benlinderswww.linkedin.com/in/benlinders www.facebook.com/BenLindersAdvieswww.facebook.com/BenLindersAdvies www.benlinders.comwww.benlinders.com
  21. 21. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 21 Ben Linders Consulting Background Information
  22. 22. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 22 Ben Linders Consulting Assessing your Agility Over 70 tools: • Self-Assessment checklists • Readyness checks • Maturity assessments • Agile health checks • Measurements • And much more! Agile Self-Assessments
  23. 23. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 23 Ben Linders Consulting Services for Agile Self-assessments Services for assessing your agility and increase delivered value: • In-house workshop for playing the Agile Self-assessment Game • Public workshops to experience the Agile Self-assessment Game • Agile assessment for your team, department, or organization • Facilitation for playing the game at your event (conference, meetup, hackathon, game lab, etc) • Tailoring the Agile Self-assessment Game to your specific needs • Licenses for playing the game • … Contact: benlinders@gmail.com +31 6 2901 3863
  24. 24. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 24 Ben Linders Consulting Continuous Improvement  Become aware of importance of continuous improvement,  Explore how it’s engrained in agile software development  Suggestions that you can use in your daily work to improve continuously Increase your organization's agility! Leanpub.com/continuousimprovement “Continuous Improvement is the act of continuously doing whatever helps to become better and thus more valuable”

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