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What Awesome Sauce Tastes Like: Getting & Keeping Your Teams Healthy... the Atlassian Way

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Join Atlassian veterans Dominic and Ben for the story of how and why we created a little thing called the Team Health Monitor. They show you how you can use it to harness the power and increase the confidence of your own healthy teams.

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What Awesome Sauce Tastes Like: Getting & Keeping Your Teams Healthy... the Atlassian Way

  1. 1. DOM PRICE • @DOMPRICE What Awesome Sauce Tastes Like BEN CROTHERS • @BENCROTHERS Getting & Keeping Your Teams Healthy... the Atlassian Way
  2. 2. The following information is presented as-is, and does not guarantee success, riches, fame and glory. Dominic Price and Benjamin Crothers are not real medical doctors, nor are they to be taken seriously, really. Adoption of their suggestions may lead to unpredictable side effects, like, oh anything from high-fives to random jazz hands to spontaneous combustion. May not actually be true. MEDICAL DISCLAIMER
  3. 3. UNHEALTHY TEAMS What we’ll cover THE HEALTH MONITOR ACTIVITY: RUN ONE ON YOURSELF YOUR TURN
  4. 4. Great intention… Great people… Great energy… We shipped…
  5. 5. No clear owner Team never gelled Strategy was fuzzy No clear timelines
  6. 6. Unnecessary hacks From one project to the next. Different processes Making it harder for team members to swap to other teams. Knock-on effects Clunky workarounds just become ‘the way we do things around here’. What this means across the company
  7. 7. Confidence
  8. 8. Confidence in building… The right team The right way The right thing The right time
  9. 9. A recipe for success Full-time owner Balanced team Shared understanding Value and metrics End-to-end demo Readme Dependencies Velocity 1 2 5 7 6 3 4 8
  10. 10. 1 2 3 4 5 76 8RECIPE WHAT 
 WORKS 
 FOR YOU Teamwork Communication Tracking Definition of done Quality checking Ownership Decision-making Fun Doing what it takes to achieve that success
  11. 11. WHAT 
 WORKS 
 FOR YOU Teamwork Communication Tracking Definition of done Quality checking Ownership Decision-making Fun Doing what it takes to achieve that success HEALTH
 MONITOR 1 2 3 4 5 76 8
  12. 12. Full-time owner Balanced team Shared understanding Value and metrics End-to-end demo Readme Dependencies Velocity Tracking health… measuring at checkpoints CHECKPOINTS 1 2 3 4 5
  13. 13. Over coaching sessions 200
  14. 14. Over people coached 800
  15. 15. An amazing relationships saved ;) ∞
  16. 16. We wouldn’t have shipped Bitbucket Snippets if it wasn’t for the health monitor. MIKE MELNICKI, HEAD OF DEV TOOLS ENGINEERING “ ”
  17. 17. Hop up on the bed…
  18. 18. Get into a pair (or 3) Write the 8 health areas on a page Rate your team for each attribute 
 (red, amber or green) Discuss with each other why you rated each attribute each colour Activity time: Do a health monitor together 1 2 3 4
  19. 19. Full-time owner Balanced team Shared understanding Value and metrics 1 End-to-end demo Readme Dependencies Velocity 5 2 6 3 7 4 8 The 8 attributes:
  20. 20. Pro tips… Regular check-ups Pick 2 areas that will impact the most, and focus on them first. Stakeholder struggles? Use the health monitor as a discussion point. Go for impact Build it into your team’s cadence, and make it natural.
  21. 21. Grab yours to feel healthy Use our 8 healthy team attributes, or (as a team) come up with your own. Let us know We’d like to know how you and your team went with it. Try it
  22. 22. Thank you DOM PRICE • @DOMPRICE BEN CROTHERS • @BENCROTHERS

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